Will Skirlaugh's Sean Wildbore end career on a high?
SEAN Wildbore will lead Skirlaugh one last time in their re-arranged relegation decider with Leigh East at Eastside Saltend tomorrow.
Wildbore thought he had played his last game for the club in their win over Oulton Raiders a month ago, having left to represent the England Community Lions on their tour of Canada.
But following last week's controversy when Leigh East failed to turn up, claiming their coach had broken down, it has given him the chance to help his team-mates stay in the Premier Division.
"Obviously, I wasn't here last Saturday, but I heard what had gone on," Wildboare told the Mail. "I don't think Leigh East should have been allowed to get away with it.
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"I'd been following our progress while I was away with England and I felt really nervous for them ahead of the game.
"Now I have an opportunity to be part of it and it didn't take long for me to make myself available to play. I've played in Grand Finals and cup finals, but this is the club's biggest ever game."
Wildbore captained the Community Lions in a 68-4 win over Canada Wolverines, which was going to be his last game before retiring.
However, he is relishing the chance to bow out in such a huge club match.
"All we can do is forget about what's gone on before and get in the right frame of mind to settle it on the pitch," said Wildbore.
"We are proud of the 14 years we have been in the Premier Division and we want to retain our status in it. We have just had a bad year.
"On their day, Leigh East are a good side and we know it's going to be an all out battle."
Having seen Leigh inform Skirlaugh they wouldn't be turning up for last week's game just half an hour before kick-off, coach Colin Brown has been angered by the situation.
He said: "We have still not been given a full explanation by them or anyone from the league. All we have had is an email stating all fixtures must be fulfilled and the game will go ahead. It's really poor.
"It was bad enough for the players, who were out warming up, but the cost factors have hit us as we had extra bar staff brought in and the post match food had been prepared.
"My players were gutted and I felt sorry for them because they had got so pumped up for it. It's frustrating, but we're ready for them this week."