The Women’s Under-19s squad travel to Huddersfield on Friday evening as they prepare to play their first ever game as a development squad, with Hannah Goodburn set to make the journey too as part of the backroom staff.
Reflecting on 2018 so far, the Wigan number 19 said: “This year has been surreal really, I’d been out of the game for a while and have come into the Wigan squad having only recently played touch rugby, so I’ve had a lot to learn and a lot of skills to catch up on. It has been difficult, but the club and all the coaching staff have been really helpful and supportive.
“I still have a lot to learn on the pitch, but I’m keen to repay the support and help the club out where I can as a Physiotherapist. The backroom staff all go out of their way to make time for us to develop as players and it’s really encouraging that the Under-19s are treated in the same professional manner, I can’t wait to see them develop as a squad.”
The Women’s Under 19s prepare to pull on the club colours for the first time since their recruitment. Goodburn said: “I hope the 19s are all excited and inspired from what we’ve done so far in the First Team. We all talked a lot before our debuts about the pride you have in putting the shirt on, especially for the first time.
“You just see all the great Rugby League players who have had the chance to put on that famous shirt and you can’t help but feel inspired. It’s a really special moment and I am excited for each one of them.”
The Warriors number 19 has already boasted off the field duties as she helped the Three Wishes charity with other Women’s players at a Charity Fashion Show earlier in the month, something which she feels is important: “It’s definitely important that we all keep contributing as a team off the pitch. Anything that helps raise the profile of our game and Women’s involvement in Rugby League then it is important for us to do.
She added: “It’s our chance to show that we have a lot to offer to the sport and just as much passion and enthusiasm for it. If we can then encourage the next generation of Wigan players to do the same, and see our sport grow then that’s a really positive thing.”