Mark Calderwood could receive an unexpected late chance to leave Wigan as a hero tonight. The England winger has had a generally undistinguished three seasons at the club and was confirmed yesterday as a Hull signing on a two-year contract after not being offered a new deal by Wigan. He was not in the squad for the play-off against Bradford, but the illness of an unnamed back could win him a late call-up.
That will be the ideal opportunity for Calderwood, because at the same stage against the same opponents he scored three tries in a 31-30 fightback victory last year.
Wigan's ability to progress this time has been compromised by being kicked off the JJB Stadium because Wigan Athletic are at home tomorrow, but their coach, Brian Noble, says they will put that out of their minds when they take the field at their temporary home at Widnes.
Wigan are providing free coaches for supporters who have bought tickets, but there is still talk of a fans' boycott.