Former Warrington favourite Micky Higham expects his old club to come good but will be hoping to delay their revival for at least a week when the Wolves visit Leigh tomorrow.
Although the Leigh skipper left Warrington in order to return to his home-town club when they reluctantly agreed to his transfer request, he has nothing but happy memories of his seven seasons with the Wolves, which included three Challenge Cup triumphs at Wembley.
Warrington will soon be back to winning ways, you can be sure about thatMikcy Higham
“I had some great times at Warrington and still have many friends at the club,” said Higham, who played for the Wolves from 2009-15. “They are a big club with a great supporter base and a great sense of community.”
Runners-up to Wigan in the 2016 Grand Final, Warrington demonstrated their intentions for this season with an impressive win over Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Series in February but currently sit bottom of the Betfred Super League after losing all four matches so far.
A fifth defeat at the Leigh Sports Village on Thursday would match their previous worst start to a Super League season in 2009 but Higham believes Tony Smith’s side will soon be back challenging near the top.
“Obviously the start to the season hasn’t gone according to plan for them,” said Higham. “They had that great win against Brisbane on a night when the Halliwell Jones Stadium really came alive.
“No one expected Warrington to lose their first four games in Super League but there is so much quality in the squad that they will soon be back to winning ways, you can be sure about that.
“When the better weather comes, Warrington will be back to their best as they are a top-of-the-ground side with so much quality.
“A lot of their key players have missed the start of the season through injury and they are all itching to get back into things as soon as they can.”
The Wolves expect to have skipper Chris Hill, a former Leigh player, back for his first match of the season as they look to bounce back from their crushing home defeat by Wigan.
“We’re just going through a patch at the moment,” said Warrington coach Smith. “We’re going to have to soak it up and hopefully get it going in the right direction in the coming weeks.”
Higham, who missed the start of the season through injury, has played a key role in the promoted side’s wins over St Helens and Huddersfield and, even at the age of 36, remains a threat.
“Micky is going well for them,” Smith said. “He’s got a good partnership there with (Eloi) Pelissier coming on for him to give him a break. He’s doing a good job when he’s on the field, that’s for sure.
“He’s certainly one of the players that we will have to keep a good eye on. He’s still got that ability to get metres off you around the dummy-half area and pick up a try. We’ll have to be on our guard against him.”