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2003 Match Preview: Hull (H)
Greg announces Hull team. Posted on Thursday, September 11 2003 @ 23:05:17 BST  by Bilko
Wigan coach Mike Gregory has named a 19 man squad to face Hull FC at the JJB Stadium this Friday in the Tetley's Super League, kick off 8.00pm. Into the starting line up will come Luke Robinson deputising for Adrian Lam who has failed to recover from an ankle ligament injury.

Skipper Andrew Farrell is named in the line up along with Gareth Hock at Loose Forward, the Warriors will make a decision on Farrell nearer to kick off.

Wigan Line Up: Kris Radlinski, Brian Carney, Martin Aspinwall, David Hodgson, Brett Dallas, Sean O'Loughlin, Luke Robinson , Craig Smith, Terry Newton, Quentin Pongia, Mick Cassidy, Danny Tickle, Andrew Farrell/Gareth Hock

Subs (from): Stephen Wild, Terry O'Connor, Paul Johnson, Mark Smith, Danny Sculthorpe

Asked about the Hull game Coach Mike Gregory said,

“I think it will be a similar game to Bradford, the way they play, the way Shaun and John have got them playing. They can play a bit of football this team on the edge from the go forward, but if you look at Greenhill, Carvell, King, Dowes, Ryan and Maher they have an abundance of strength. If you look at the likes of Chester, Cooke and Horne on the back of that, we have to be smart with it. It’s nothing new, we have to match them upfront and every game will be won and lost around the ruck and that’s not going to change.”

Meanwhile Wigan today granted an early contract release to Nick Graham who joined them earlier in the season from Australian NRL club Cronulla.

Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,

“Nick has been struggling for several weeks with a niggling hamstring injury and we have allowed him to return home with the end of the season looming. Nick joined us at a time when the club was ravaged with injury and we are grateful for his contribution during what was a difficult time for the club.”

Nick Graham said,

“My hamstring injury has been extremely frustrating lately and it has prevented me from continuing my time at Wigan which has been thoroughly enjoyable. I wish the club well in there challenge for the Super League title and I will be cheering them on from my home in Sydney.”

Also Terry O'Connor has today announced that he will not be playing for Ireland in the end of season home nations competition.

O'Connor said,

"I have thought long and hard about matters and as Captain of the side it has been a very difficult decision for me to reach. This has been a long hard season for everybody and at the end of it I will require two minor operations if I am to be ready for the start of next season."

O'Connor continued,

"I was in a similar situation last year but delayed my operation to play for Great Britain against New Zealand. As a consequence I shortened the time for recuperation following the operation and missed the start of Wigan's season. I must give everything I have got to this Wigan side and hopefully reach Old Trafford, I know it means a lot to the Wigan fans and I owe them a lot. To win the Super League Trophy would mean so much and I am going to give it my best shot."

"I wish all the best to the Irish lads with which I have had a great time. Under Steve O'Neil was my most enjoyable time in representative football."
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