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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Raiders face Wigan in McDermott testimonial

SUPER League champions Wigan Warriors will play at Craven Park in January to put the icing on the cake of veteran forward Brett McDermott’s testimonial season.

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MAC ATTACK: Brett McDermott tackles Andy Coley during Wigan’s last visit to Craven Park in the Challenge Cup in April 2009

The Cherry and Whites – who topped the league this year and followed up with victory in the Grand Final over St Helens – will send a squad to Furness on Sunday, January 23 (3pm kick-off) to take on Barrow Raiders.

That is just weeks before the Warriors start their 2011 season – a week earlier than other clubs as they have the World Club Challenge to fit in, as well as their regular league games.

Wigan are expected to send a strong squad – set to be named in the coming weeks – with McDermott delighted his testimonial committee have landed a big fish to cap off a tremendous year.

“You couldn’t have asked for a bigger game,” said the coal-carrying prop.

“I know it won’t be the first team, but there will be stars in it and it will be great. It’s a few weeks before the World Club Challenge, so they might give a few big names a run out.

“It will be the icing on the cake for the testimonial year.”

The match has been arranged by McDermott’s testimonial committee and will serve as the final event for the 32-year-old’s year in the spotlight.

The player has taken part in a coal-carry along Ulverston Canal with his Raiders team-mates, held sportsman’s dinners and ladies nights and been part of a touch rugby festival at Craven Park that featured many current and former players.

As well as raising money for the testimonial, cash have also been donated to St Mary’s Hospice and the Barrow RL Club Development Fund.

“People have been very generous with turning up for events and it has been much appreciated throughout,” added McDermott, who signed a new one-year deal with Barrow last month.

His dad Ged, who has played a key role in securing Wigan as opponents, said the match was the result of a lot of hard work.

He added: “They are going to send a competitive side and it will be a fantastic end to the testimonial year.

“We have been in talks with them for three or four months to get this sorted and it is great they are going to come.

“People have been fantastic with Brett throughout the testimonial season and we are on course to make a record amount.”

As well as the match against Wigan, Raiders also have two other fixtures lined-up for pre-season.

They are set to face old coach Steve McCormack and his Swinton side, as well as county rivals Workington Town, both in January at Craven Park. The dates for those matches are still to be confirmed.

Have your say

Well "Blagster" (what a character, eh?), Brett himself seems happy enough at the prospect of playing a Wigan team, regardless of who they send up, so what's your problem? I'll and many others will be there to cheer on the Raiders, regardless of who they play. You stay inside in the warm.

Posted by Dave W on 6 December 2010 at 15:36

what a bah humbug David Giles Blagburn is

Posted by mike on 6 December 2010 at 13:48

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