Super League 2014: Richie Myler admits Grand Final heartache is driving on Warrington ahead of visit of reigning champions Wigan

Warriors defeated the Wolves in last season's Old Trafford showpiece and Myler reveals that the memory of defeat is unlikely to ever leave him

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Warrington will be out to banish the memory of their Grand Final defeat when they take on Super League champions Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday night.

The Old Trafford re-match is the biggest game of the domestic season so far and cannot come soon enough for Wolves scrum-half Richie Myler, who was in the side that frittered away a 16-2 lead against the Warriors to go down 30-16 in the 2013 title decider last October.

"I don't think that will ever leave my memory," Myler said. "To lose in any final hurts but to lose in the Grand Final was a tough one.

"It's not been spoken about much though, as we know what we need to do in terms of performance. We have to be on our game to beat Wigan and hopefully that's what we'll do.

"Wigan had the distraction of the World Club Challenge which was a tough one for them, but they are building in the right way now - as we are too - their performances are showing that."

Warrington, aiming for a third straight win, expect to have experienced Australian forward Trent Waterhouse back, while Wigan coach Shaun Wane's decision to axe veteran prop Jordan James means a recalls for former London Broncos forward Tony Clubb.

Wane dropped Clubb following his side's shock 36-31 defeat at Castleford a fortnight ago but he earns a reprieve after James produced a below-par performance in last Friday's stuttering win over Hull KR.

"Jordan's form wasn't good enough," Wane said. "Tony Clubb will come back in and I hope he's learned his lesson.

"He can play a lot better than he did and he recognises that. I expect a much-improved performance from him."

Wane is hoping his no-nonsense selection policy will pay dividends as the champions seek to post back-to-back victories for the first time this year.

"The players all know what they need to do," Wane said. "If they play well, they stay in, just like Joe Burgess has done."