Powell happy with Wigan’s progress and targets further improvements

Wigan Warriors’ Sam Powell admits he is happy with his side’s progress and is excited by what the future holds for the club.

The Warriors have managed two wins from two since the season resumed, form that has helped them to the top of the Betfred Super League table.

Their latest win over Leeds Rhinos saw Adrian Lam’s side without a number of key players, allowing several young players to come in.

Combined with a few older heads, the Warriors’ youngsters have flourished and Powell is confident the team will continue to improve.

“When Jackson (Hastings) arrived, he was the best in the competition last season so it has been important to get our combinations right,” Powell told Serious About Rugby League.

“But then the Covid situation happened so it has effectively been the start of a new season for us.

“Unfortunately, with Tom (Leuluai) picking up an injury early on in the Wakefield game but Harry (Smith) will hopefully stay at Wigan for a long time.

“I think it is now part of Jackson’s job to guide Harry. He is not that old himself is Hastings either but he is a real class act on the pitch.

“Harry has to get as much information out of both players as possible then bring his own side of the game for us.

Harry Smith has excelled in the halves for Wigan in 2020. Credit: News Images

“He has his own game. He has a good left boot on him and our team will rely on that in the forthcoming weeks and when Tom is back fit, it will be great.

“It is just about learning what we can from each other and hopefully, we will improve week in week out.”

Since making his debut in 2012, Powell has been an almost ever-present for the Cherry and Whites, excelling at hooker in a number of trophy-winning teams.

Powell has scored four tries in seven games for Wigan this season. Credit: News Images

The 28-year-old’s current deal runs until the end of 2021 and he would be up for spending longer at the DW Stadium if offered the chance.

“You can never be sure on what your future is going to hold,” Powell admitted. “I do love it here. I have been here ten years next year or the year after.

“It is a great club. I am happy to be here. I love the place and I will not take it for granted.

“If the club would like to keep me then yes, I will be buzzing to sign again for Wigan.”

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