Harry Smith reflects on spending pre-season in the Wigan Warriors first team and the 12-6 defeat to Leigh Centurions.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed the ‘challenge’ of stepping up.
- Smith: “I’ll take the chance with both hands.”
Harry Smith says he is ready to take his chance in Adrian Lam’s first team after enjoying Wigan Warriors’ pre-season campaign.
The 19-year-old has been involved in Wigan’s last two warm up matches against Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Centurions, ahead of the opening Betfred Super League clash against Warrington Wolves next Thursday.
Speaking after Thursday’s defeat to Leigh, Smith said: “It’s been good to step up and to get this challenge, but that’s what you need to get better.
“I feel I’ve held my own and that’s what you need to do to impress the coaches, then take your chance when you get it.”
Despite the 12-6 loss at Leigh Sports Village, Smith was pleased with the work rate of the team.
He said: “It was a really good game to be involved in and our effort was outstanding from start to finish. It’s been a good experience to play with some key first team players, and then some of the lads I’ve come through the Academy with.”
The scrum-half was also happy to see winger Dom Manfredi back in action for the first time, since returning from an ACL injury that cut short his 2019 campaign.
“It was good to see him back on the pitch. When you see all the work he goes through in training, trying to get back fit, it’s good to see he’s finally got his reward.”
Smith has also been impressed by the new players in the Wigan squad and is looking forward to seeing them in action.
“They’ve all brought something new to the team. They have enthusiasm and bring competition, which is what you need. You can’t fault their efforts, it’s really good to see.”
On a personal note, the youngster wants to build on his first team debut, where he made a try scoring start against Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium in September.
“You don’t want to be a one trick pony, so hopefully I’ll get a few games under my belt. If I get my chance I’ll take it with both hands.
“I’ll learn from Jackson (Hastings) and Tommy (Leuluai) and gain as much knowledge as I can. They’re great mentors and hopefully that’ll help me develop.”
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