Warrington boss Steve Price feeling upbeat despite Gareth Widdop injury blow

Warrington coach Steve Price says he isn’t too worried about not having Gareth Widdop at his disposal for the first couple of rounds of the new season.

Earlier this week, the Wolves confirmed Great Britain international Widdop will miss the first three rounds of the season with an ankle injury.

But Price is confident his side can still play to their potential despite not having their latest marquee signing on show.

He said: “It’s just unfortunate. It’s one of those things – it could have happened to any one player in all walks of life.

“It’s only a short-term injury and he is the ultimate professional. He is doing everything he can to get it right so he’ll only be out a couple of weeks.

“As a coach, you always look at ways why it happened and how it happened. It is not as serious as Kev’s (Kevin Brown) last year – that was a big blow for us and we missed him last year.

“But with Gareth, it is positive because it is only a couple of rounds he will be missing. It is a good opportunity for him to get a bit more familiar with our playing squad and his new surroundings.”

Warrington start their Super League campaign with a trip to rivals Wigan on January 30, 7:45pm kick-off.

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