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#InsideInfo: Jon Wilkin reveals St Helens’ team joker

| 12.02.2015

The second round of Super League fixtures sees reigning champions St Helens take on Salford and according to Saints captain Jon Wilkin, Mose Masoe is the man most likely to hit the Red Devils hard.

As the latest Super League player to dish the dirt in Ladbrokes’ #InsideInfo series, Wilkin reveals the names of the biggest joker and worst dresser among other things.

JWilkWho is the best trainer?

James Roby. Just unbelievable. He’s a machine. He’s just this metronomic guy that does not stop.

Who is the team joker?

That’s probably me actually. I should have grown out of it by now as I’m 31 years old but if there’s any shenanigans going on it’s usually based around me pratting about. The best prank though was played on me.

I had a royal blue wooden door on the front of my house and the lads came round, stripped it and painted in the Saints colours complete with the red V. It was funny but it took me three days to sand it down and get it back.

Who is the worst dressed player?

A guy called Alex Walmsley. He’s from Yorkshire and I don’t think he has a mirror in his house. He looks like he gets dressed in the dark. He‘s big, about 6ft 7in, so he has to shop in those special shops that cater for people his size so by definition the style and calibre of the clothes is terrible.

Who has the worst taste in music?

I’d probably say Paul Wellens. He’s older than God’s dog so he listens to Meatloaf. He loves it. A one-off Meatloaf track I’m happy with but a full playlist is just too much.

Who is the fastest player?

Adam Swift, ironically. People usually are what their names say and he certainly is swift.

Who is the slowest player?

It’s probably Paul Wellens or myself, we are both equally challenged in the speed department.

Who is the most intelligent player?

There are very few of those knocking around. They are a rare breed. I’d say in our team though it’s definitely me.

Who is the least intelligent player?

There are about 20 of them. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has got a lot of energy but he’s like a puppy, he’s got nothing to back it up, no experience or anything.

 Who has the weirdest superstition?

We’ve got a kid called Jonny Lomax who is literally a superstition away from being in a straight jacket. He does everything the same way, he’s meticulous in his preparation. He brings baby wipes to clean his boots before a game. He’s weird. It’s off-putting to be around him to be honest we just try to keep him out the way.

Who hits the hardest in training?

We’ve got a guy called Mose Masoe who is about 135 kilos and he’s quick. When he gets a full head of steam and he hits you it’s game over. Not many people get up.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.