Mullen on making the cut

Mullen on making the cut

  • Craig Mullen on making his Wigan debut

  • Wigan youngster was having his haircut when he got the call

  • Normally a full back, Mullen made his debut on the wing at Wakefield on Thursday night

Craig Mullen revealed he was mid-haircut when he received the phone call to say he was set to make his First Team debut on Thursday evening.

The Wigan youngster, in his first year with the First Team after progressing through the Club’s academy, started on the left wing in Thursday’s game at Wakefield

“I was in the barbers and I got the call mid-haircut! I saw that it was Waney (Shaun Wane) and I thought I definitely needed to answer it!” He said.

“It was 50:50 that I would be called up as we knew Marshy (Liam Marshall) was in doubt. Waney gave me the nod and I was over the moon!

“The first thing I did was phone my sister who was in school, and then my mum. It’s something I’ve waited a long time for, as I’ve been a Wigan fan for as long as I can remember!”

Mullen, normally a full back, was placed on the left wing for the match at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

“I’m learning a lot from Sam (Tomkins) and Morgan (Escaré) and I’m also doing a bit at centre and on the wing so I’ve got that versatility and I’m just glad I’ve got my opportunity,” he said.

“I can’t thank Waney enough and the players around me. I’m learning every day with them.”

Throughout the game Mullen was tested with several kicks to his corner and it came as no surprise to the youngster.

He said: “I think the likes of Marshy (Liam Marshall) and Tom (Davies) still get peppered when they’re both playing. One of them expects to get it week in week out so I was expecting it all game.

“I think when they saw a young lad on the teamsheet on the wing they would want to send some traffic my way and they did but I felt I dealt with it and was pretty comfortable. I’m good mates with Rocky (Ryan Hampshire) and he kept me on my toes a bit!”

After featuring for the Reserves this year and playing at Under-19s level in 2017, Mullen noticed a difference in opposition.

“The big difference was the bigger bodies but I felt very comfortable, as I had very experienced players around me and that helps a lot when you’re making your debut.

“The likes of Tommy (Leuluai), who’s won a World Cup, really eases you in to the team and gives you a lot of confidence.”

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