Greenwood excited for Warriors bow
New-signing Joe Greenwood looks ahead to making his Wigan Warriors debut
- 25-year old back-rower linked-up with his new teammates earlier this week
Warriors fans will have the chance to see new-signing Joe Greenwood pull on the cherry and white jersey for the first time this evening, when Wigan face Leeds Rhinos in tonight’s round 19 Super League clash at the DW Stadium (kick-off 7:45pm).
The 25-year old back-rower signed from NRL side Gold Coast Titans earlier this month and linked up with his new teammates at Wigan’s Orrell training base earlier this week and was immediately included in Shaun Wane’s 19-man squad to face the Rhinos. Ahead of the game, Greenwood spoke about his excitement of linking up with his new teammates after a whirlwind first week since returning to the UK from Queensland.
“The lads have been amazing since I have arrived, I’m just looking forward to playing,” said Greenwood. “It was really good to get my first training session under my belt, meeting the lads and meeting the coaches, it’s a bit like your first day at school. I’m really excited to get stuck in.
“I got thrown in at the deep end. Waney just said you’ve got a speech in front of the lads and that was in the video room. So I just did a speech saying how happy I am to sign here and how I’m looking forward to playing.
“Initially we were talking for next year (for a move to Wigan) and then all of sudden the opportunity came up earlier than expected. I had a word with my missus about it and yeah, we wanted to take the opportunity with both hands - it was just something that we couldn’t turn down. I spoke to Waney and Kris Radlinski and I thought it was an exciting thing to do, so I signed the contract. I initially thought I was coming over for next year and know I’m over here earlier and ready for the back end of the season.”
Ahead of the game, Warriors coach Shaun Wane was delighted to have Greenwood in contention for the Rhinos clash, saying: “Joe’s been fantastic, he’s ready, he’s pumped, he’s fit and healthy. He wants to play, he’s just flown in and we all know what that feels like when you fly in, and he’s still buzzing so I’m happy he’ll feature some way on Thursday.”