We take a look at Liam Byrne’s career so far as he became the latest of the many Academy players to be promoted into the Wigan Warriors First Team squad.
Prop forward to take the No.36 shirt for the 2019 season.
- Byrne: “It’s an achievement for me and I hope I can get a game in the shirt in 2019.”
One of the new faces in the 2019 Wigan Warriors squad includes Liam Byrne, a 19-year-old prop forward who played a key role in Darrell Goulding’s 2018 title winning Under-19s team.
With two years in the Academy, Byrne became a double Under-19s Grand Final Winner and was awarded the 2018 Wigan Warriors Official Supporters Club ‘Riversiders’ Player of the Year.
Having impressed with his strength and authority in the middle at Under-19s level, Byrne is the latest Academy product to become a member of the First Team squad and after last week’s squad number announcement, he will wear the No.36 jersey for the 2019 campaign under new Head Coach Adrian Lam.
Byrne said: “It’s an achievement (senior squad inclusion) for me and I hope I can get a game in the Cherry and White shirt in 2019. He’s (Adrian Lam) a good guy and a great coach. I’ve enjoyed training and I’m looking forward to next year.”
The 19-year-old started his rugby league career at amateur club Cadishead Rhinos and was given a trial with Wigan, after impressing a local amateur coach at Wigan St Judes ARLFC who informed the Warriors Academy about him and his stand-out performances which led to him being signed up by the Warriors in 2017.
Byrne has played for the Wigan Reserves and Championship side Swinton Lions on dual-registration, while also representing Ireland at international level in the 2018 European Championships.
Wigan Under-19s Head Coach Darrell Goulding said: “He impressed immediately with his dedication to training and his attitude when catching the train from Salford and cycling early in the morning to get to training on time. He is a great athlete with a no-nonsense attitude and with plenty of hard work he could go far in the game.”
After joining up with the squad for the start of pre-season last week, Byrne revealed he is settling in well.
He said: “Pre-season has been intense but it’s been good and I’ve enjoyed it. I’m sure it will get harder though! It helps that there are players in the first team squad that I’ve played with before and you can always talk to them for advice, but I get on well with all the lads so it’s been really good.”
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