Matt Peet: We want our fans to be a part of success at Wigan

Ben Olawumi
Matt Peet

Wigan head coach Matt Peet wants to create more history alongside the fans at his boyhood club with a Challenge Cup quarter-final at Wakefield Trinity on the horizon.

Peet grew up in an era where the Warriors were serial winners, winning eight straight times between 1988 and 1995 amongst many other pieces of silverware.

With the Cherry and Whites for close to 15 years and assuming his role at the helm this season, the 37-year-old knows exactly what cup success could mean.

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“It’s very exciting. I take every game as a privilege, as do the players, but when it’s knockout or sudden death, it’s particularly exciting,” Peet said.

“In my childhood growing up, [Challenge Cup wins] were just something that you took for granted. You went down to Wembley and generally we won, so it just become the norm. It was a special time with some special Wigan teams, and it’s something we’d love to recreate.

“There’s a long road ahead starting with Wakefield who are fantastic competition and will have their own reasons and motivations. History is fantastic for us, but it won’t count for much come kick-off.”

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Earlier this week, the Warriors hosted an open training session at their Robin Park Arena base coinciding with the local area’s half-term.

And trying to build up a new generation of supporters, Peet reiterated the supporters’ importance, stating: “They’re a part of the club, they’re a massive part of the team so to keep them at arm’s length is not something we’re about.

“If we enjoy success, they’re a part of it and that’s why it was important that we integrate them in our training because their support is a real strength of ours and we need to tap into it.

“The lads are well aware that they play for a passionate fan base and a passionate rugby league town, but I just think it’s important to find connections with individuals.

“We have people here from local charities, some school teachers and we’re in community clubs. They’re our base, the strength of this club is the community and our community ties.

“It’s so important that we link that back up as often as we can.”

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