WITH jet-heeled pace and a smooth turn of step the similarities between Lewis Tierney and his dad are obvious.
But the Warriors under-19s fullback is following in Jason Robinson’s footsteps in more ways than just leaving would-be tacklers in the dust!
Tierney, who could be in line to make his first team debut for the Warriors at Widnes on Friday, has launched his own clothing line.
“I’ve just jumped in at the deep end,” said Tierney on launching his brand, Fizzle.
“Business-wise it’s been good and interesting. I’m just going to see how it goes but it’s going well so far and hopefully it will grow.”
Tierney got the name for his brand from a Biggie Smalls song and set up the company at the start of the year.
“I have always wanted to do something along the lines of clothing – I was excited when I got my first batch and just wanted to get them out there,” said Tierney.
Robinson, who scored 171 tries for Wigan between 1992 and 2000, is a director of compression wear company Proskins and has his own brand of lesiurewear, JR.
And although Tierney has set up Fizzle with his uncle, Martin Hulme, his dad has passed on some of his business knowledge to help the young fullback.
“I didn’t know what to do at first so I just did a load of research and that took a while,” said Tierney. “Once I knew what manufacturers to use, prints, labels, stuff like that, I got contacts.
“I asked my dad for a few tips and he helped me with finding the manufacturers and what to do and what not to do.”
Currently, Fizzle have hoodies, t-shirts and wristbands available form the company’s website, www. fizzleclothing.com but Tierney is already eyeing the possibility of expanding the range.
“I’m online at the minute but hopefully I could get them in shops,” he said. On the field, Tierney was promoted to the first team squad this season and – with Sam Tomkins nursing an ankle injury – could be in line for a senior debut in front of the Sky Sports cameras this Friday night.
Despite his dad’s glittering CV, Tierney isn’t intimidated by the inevitable comparisons with Robinson.
“You do get a bit more attention but I suppose you get used to it. I don’t know any different,” said Tierney.
“It’s good to tap into what he knows but you don’t get people saying, ‘you only get this because of your dad’.
“I’m just taking each week as it comes.
“Hopefully there might be a shot somewhere in the season for me.”
Coach Shaun Wane has a number of other selection headaches, with a number of stars nursing injuries from Sunday’s hard-fought win at Wakefield.
With a five-day turnaround between games, he has put Tierney and other youngsters on stand-by.