JON Wilkin will be a proud man when he runs out at Langtree Park on Sunday for his testimonial match against Wakefield Trinity, 3pm.
But ten years since crossing over from Hull KR, Wilkin does not want to start reminiscing about the ‘good times’ just yet and has set himself a clear goal to win trophies as one of the team’s leaders.
And Wilkin echoes a point that new coach Nathan Brown seems to be hammering home, that the team is working on the fine details required to catch the three teams that have taken out all the silverware in the past four years.
The 29-year-old back rower, who skippered England in last season’s second Exiles game, said: “I set myself goals and incrementally have achieved them.
“Having won the Challenge Cup, Super League and the World Club Challenge, my biggest goal now is one which I set two years ago which is to win something in a team without the likes of Scully, Longy and Keiron, three absolute World class players.
“Wello and myself are the senior players now so I want us to win something as a group and really put to bed this question as to whether we are good enough.”
Wilkin will be packing down in a new look back row, featuring the strong running and slick-handling skills of Willie Manu, but it is the off-field input of the new coaching team that he feels could make the difference in taking the cups off Warrington. Leeds and Wigan.
“Under Nathan there is a real energy towards us going to win trophies and for each individual player to get better.
“I am learning every day and that is what is exciting me. I know he has picked up things that can improve my game and the team’s game.
“We can see what Wigan and Warrington are doing is consistently working.
“Nathan and Jamahl Lolesi, especially, are taking elements of what those teams do and not just replicating it poorly but asking what the next step is,” he said.