Gildart relishing Carney challenge

Makeshift Wigan winger Oliver Gildart believes tonight’s battle with Justin Carney will play a big part in his development.

Gildart was forced to play on the wing last week against Brisbane after Josh Charney was a late dropout due to a facial injury.

The opportunity to play against one of the world’s best teams was an ample test for the youngster, who really emerged at the Warriors last year.

However, with the World Club Series behind them and a clash with the Red Devils looming, Gildart knows tonight’s showdown with the in-form ‘Tank’ will be a great experience.

“You have to play against the best to test yourself,” he told Wigan Today.

“The Brisbane game was a learning curve for me, and I’m looking forward to this challenge too.

“Justin is really strong, it’s about being at my best and closing him down as quickly as I can.”

Gildart is, in fact, a former Salford player, making his Super League debut while on loan with the Red Devils last year.

That opportunity gave him the chance to develop and establish himself during the run-in to last year’s Grand Final with the Warriors.

“I really enjoyed it at Salford, it got me in good stead to come back to Wigan and settled some nerves, so it was definitely beneficial.”