Hope you’re all good!
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for myself, I still can’t get over how fast everything has evolved. Before last season, I had only ever dreamt of wearing the number six shirt for my hometown club so it came as a bit of a surprise when Waney put extra faith in me as he gave me the famous Wigan jersey. I always wear the club crest with pride and honour but to wear the number six is something special, especially when you see who has worn it in the past… Frano Botica, Shaun Edwards, Trent Barrett and Sam Tomkins to name a few!
Since then, I feel as though I’ve grown in confidence in terms of the way I play. Part of that is because I work alongside an England international in Matty Smith. Smeags is great to play with and always gives me tips on how to improve. I don’t think I would’ve won the awards I have this year if it weren’t for him…
My main aim at the start of the campaign was just to get some consistency in my game plus I didn’t even think I’d play as much as I have… But to win Super League’s and Wigan’s Young Player of the Year award means a lot to me, especially in my first regular season so to speak.
It’s been a bit of a disappointing season for us in not winning any silverware but we’ve got a very young squad so we did pretty well considering. Our future is bright and it’s fantastic how the Wigan club continue to bring players through the academy - not enough clubs do that nowadays!
I’m currently with England ahead of a friendly against France and three tests against New Zealand. I would’ve never expected to be in the England squad at 20 years of age and I wouldn’t be too downhearted if I didn’t get to play because I am just buzzing to be here. It’s kinda weird mixing with lads from other clubs but it’s a good laugh and we’re a tight bunch. We’ve been down at St Georges Park this week doing some training and team bonding exercises and the facilities are unbelievable, the food is great and there’s a really friendly atmosphere around the place.
The Wigan lads in the England camp still get a five week break until pre-season so I’m going to go on a holiday to Dubai for two weeks with my girlfriend which I’m looking forward to but for now, all eyes on England!
Hope to see you when we take on New Zealand at the DW Stadium in a few weeks!
Speak soon, George