Jack hands out Grand Final jerseys

Jack Johnson hands out the Grand Final jerseys to the Wigan Warriors squad
Jack Johnson hands out the Grand Final jerseys to the Wigan Warriors squad
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THE Wigan Warriors players have received their Grand Final shirts from little Jack Johnson.

The seven-year-old, who is the focus of the Joining Jack charity, was asked to perform the honour, following in the footsteps of Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Before Jack presented the jerseys Andy gave a speech to the players about how proud and privileged he was to have been from Wigan

Alex Johnson

Jack, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, presented the players with the shirts which they will wear in tonight’s game against Leeds.

He was joined by dad Andy who delivered a moving speech about his pride in scoring in a Premiership final and, of course, his family’s battle to save his son.

Jack’s mum Alex said: “Before Jack presented the jerseys Andy gave a speech to the players about how proud and privileged he was to have been from Wigan and to have been given the opportunity to wear the Wigan jersey.

“The proudest moment of his 13-year career was scoring a try for Wigan in a Premiership final.

“He then went on to say when your career ends, it really is over, there are no more finals or games. You have to seize every moment and have no regrets.

“He talked about the importance of family and making them proud. Jack will never have the experience of playing rugby or in a final.

“Andy told the players how he is in the fight of his life to save his son. This is a fight he can’t lose. The people who have come together to help him are his family, ex-teammates and the rugby community.

“With their help we are making clinical trials happen for Duchenne and are determined to change the future for our son and everyone with Duchenne.”

It’s the second time in a week that Andy hand Jack have been asked to perform such an important role in rugby.

Last Saturday, the pair led out the England rugby union team and carried the national flag ahead of the World Cup game against Australia.