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NRL: Gildart ready for Tigers challenge

West Tigers recruit Oliver Gildart says he is up for the challenge of proving English backs can be a success when making the switch from Super League to the NRL.

The Tigers are priced at 40/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final but have to get back into finals first and they have made some shrewd signings in the off-season, including Gildart.

A lot to prove

Gildart has been a revelation for the Wigan Warriors during 144 appearances for them but knows he will have to raise his game to play in the NRL.

English forwards have been a success in the NRL, but it is a different story for backs and Gildart has been working hard on his game in preparation for the move.

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Wigan coach Adrian Lam has been helping him out, pinpointing the areas he needs to work on, so he feels ready.

"He told me week in week out, if I wanted to get to the NRL these were the things I needed to do," Gildart told reporters.

Up for the challenge

Gildart is confident in his own ability though and is up for the challenge of being a hit with the Tigers.

"I see it as a personal challenge," Gildart added. "It's not so much a risk, but it's probably nerve-wracking for the English lads to come here.

"With what is said about the English backs not performing as well when they come here, it obviously adds pressure.

"But I'm a real competitor, and have been since I was a young kid. So for me it's just the challenge."

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