Zak Hardaker breaks silence after being dropped by Wigan Warriors boss Matty Peet

On Wednesday, Wigan Warriors head coach Matty Peet named his 21-man squad to take on St Helens in their mouthwatering Good Friday clash.

One notable absentee was Zak Hardaker, who has made the right wing his home in the past year.

Peet later confirmed that the former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers star had been dropped for ‘falling below standards’ expected at the Wigan club.

The new Warriors boss did, however, confirm that Hardaker would be in contention for selection next week.

Now, Hardaker has responded himself on social media, posting: “Just a stumble. Learn and move. Don’t read too much into things.”

It’s the clash between first and second in the Super League table as Wigan take on Saints in the derby, with both sides losing just one game from seven league fixtures.

Saints go into this one on the back of an impressive 36-20 win over Catalans Dragons that put them into the Challenge Cup Semi-Final.

Wigan will also be there in the semi-finals following a win over Wakefield Trinity as all eyes turn to the league.

Here are the 21-man squads that were named yesterday for the fixture:

St Helens

1 Jack Welsby
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Will Hopoate
4 Mark Percival
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
10 Matty Lees
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Joey Lussick
15 LMS
17 Agnatius Paasi
19 Jake Wingfield
20 James Bell
22 Ben Davies
23 Konrad Hurrell
24 Dan Norman
26 Sam Royle
27 Jon Bennison

Wigan Warriors

1 Bevan French
2 Jake Bibby
6 Cade Cust
7 Tommy Leuluai
8 Brad Singleton
9 Sam Powell
10 Patrick Mago
11 Willie Isa
12 Liam Farrell
13 John Bateman
14 Morgan Smithies
16 Harry Smith
17 Oliver Partington
19 Ethan Havard
20 Liam Byrne
22 Joe Shorrocks
23 Jai Field
24 Abbas Miski
25 Sam Halsall
26 James McDonnell
28 Brad O’Neill

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