Dan Sarginson revealed how the Wigan coaching staff helped him take to the field at Old Trafford following the recent death of his younger brother.
DJ and radio presenter Adam Sarginson died suddenly while in Norway last month, with the news affecting the whole Warriors squad.
Dan Sarginson played against Wakefield just days later but admitted the emotion surrounding events returned on the eve of the Grand Final.
He explained: “I had about an hour when I had to call a couple of coaches up to calm me down, I was in a bit of a state.
“I just wanted to go out there and win for him, I didn’t want anything else.
“That still hasn’t sunk in as well and I’m sure there’ll be more tears later.
“I have done it for him – he came two years ago when we won it and it was one of the best days of his life.
“My other brother was here today and he got to experience that now, and my grandma who doesn’t really see me play.
“There were so many special moments to take from this game.”
Among those was seeing fellow three-quarter Dom Manfredi finish with two tries after two years out through injury.
Sarginson added: “Because of how close I am with Dom and some of the conversations I’ve had with his mum about how nervous he was about coming back and how close he’s been to quitting rugby, I was really emotional.
“To see him out there again, he’s definitely one of the best wingers in the comp.
“We showed true character because we were our own worst enemies all game, and Warrington had us on the back foot.
“We invested so much energy in covering each others’ backs, like you saw against Cas, we couldn’t be broken down.
“That’s what did it for us in the end, we weren’t the flashiest team or the best team out there, but our character shone through.”
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