Jake Bibby looks ahead to making a possible competitive debut for Wigan Warriors on Thursday in the Betfred Super League opener.
Cherry and Whites host Warrington Wolves in Round 1 at the DW Stadium and life-long Wigan fan Bibby says he is ready for the challenge after joining the Club in the off-season.
- Bibby: “This is about trying to impress the fans and the coaches.”
Former South Stand Season Ticket holder Jake Bibby says he is eager to show the Wigan Warriors fans what he can do as his new side face Warrington Wolves in the Betfred Super League opener at the DW Stadium on Thursday.
After joining the Club at the end of 2019, the life-long Wigan supporter says he will control his emotions, focus on making the right impression and continue where he left off after featuring in last year’s Grand Final for Salford Red Devils.
Bibby said: “I was a Season Ticket holder. I’ve been to Grand Finals and Challenge Cup Finals; I still remember Joel Tomkins scoring that full-length try at Wembley in 2011. I used to sit in the South Stand - right at the top near the drum - I was a bit of a die hard back in the day! If I score down that end, I’ll be chucking the ball right in there.
“My whole family are Wigan fans, so they are ecstatic I’m here. I’ve played in a Grand Final so I’ve dealt with a lot of nerves through that. This (Thursday’s game) is more about trying to impress the fans and the coaches in order to show them what I can do. Hopefully you can expect a lot of tries, but I put my defence before anything so there’ll be a few big shots.”
The centre has enjoyed his time with his hometown Club so far and after scoring a try in last week’s pre-season friendly with Leeds Rhinos, he gave Warriors fans a taste of what they can expect.
He said: “It has been really good - it’s a lot different to what I’m used to but I’m enjoying it and all the lads have welcomed me. I started off at Salford because they showed an interest in me. I’ve come through a different route, compared to a few of the other boys who are in the first team squad and are from Wigan. I’m glad though because it has shaped me into the player I am now.
“Hopefully I’ve still got a lot more learn and I think Wigan will help me to do that.”
The 23-year-old admitted receiving a phone call from the Warriors, before signing a pre-contact in June last year, came as a surprise.
“I didn’t really expect it,” he said. “I was in my last year at Salford so I thought I would look to see what was about. I was going quite well but when Wigan showed interest it was a bit of a shock.
“Being from Wigan I thought I needed to grab this chance with two hands because it’s always been a dream of mine to play for this club.”
The Betfred Super League is finally back! Wigan Warriors host fierce rivals Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium on Thursday (K.O. 7:45pm), as rugby league returns for 2020. There’s no love lost between these two giants of the game and WHAT a way to kick-off the new season!
We need your support as it promises to be another blockbuster encounter between two of Super League’s title chasers. Catch Steve Prescott Man of Steel Jackson Hastings and powerhouse prop George Burgess in the Cherry and White for the first time and purchase your ticket today by clicking HERE, visiting the DW Stadium Ticket Office or calling 01942 311111.
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