Wane praise music to Gregson’s ears

Shaun Wane

Shaun Wane

Shaun Wane has tipped Nick Gregson for a bright future after his winning debut last Friday night.

He came off the bench for the last few minutes as Wigan roared to a 28-6 victory against Leeds - their fifth in succession in Super League.

And Wane said: “Nick has been very close to selection for a couple of weeks.

“He’s a punching backrower but he can play as well, and I like that.

“He’s a tough lad, from good stock – he’s going to be a player.

“He’s someone I admire and he can play in other positions.”

Gregson became the first academy-product since Oliver Gildart last summer to be handed a debut by Wane.

And the 20-year-old went through a range of emotions as he prepared for the Leeds game.

Initially told he may be in the squad as Liam Farrell was a doubt, he arrived at the DW Stadium to discover the England forward was fit.

But he didn’t have to wait for his chance, after George Williams suffered a back problem during warm-up.

Gregson said: “It’s been a hectic day. I found out Faz was okay, then when I got here George was a doubt so I got it into my head that I was playing.

“I was nervous anyway but nothing changed.

“I only played a few minutes but I was blowing, it was quick. The game was won but I came on and made a few carries and it was good.”

Gregson’s dad got to see him lead the Wigan song in the dressing room, banging the ‘drum’ with his boot - a proud moment, even if it was not the musical treat he had planned!

“My dad was supposed to be watching Adele - I told him there was a chance I was playing, so he came here instead,” Gregson added.