GREG Burke insists youth is no concession for errors as Wigan prepare for the visit of Widnes tomorrow (Saturday).
Warriors coach Shaun Wane blamed a string of individual errors for their 18-14 loss at Leeds last weekend.
His side are in front of the Sky Sports cameras again, with Burke among a clutch of youngsters who will get another chance to strengthen his Super League credentials.
Showing maturity beyond his years, the 20-year-old says he is demanding the same standards of himself as any of the experienced players in the team.
The imposing back-rower said: “I don’t want to be in a game where I mess up and people can say, ‘Oh, it’s alright, he’s a young lad’.
“I don’t like that mentality – if I’ve messed up, I want to be treated like anyone else who messes up.
“I hold my hand up and admit I made mistakes against Leeds.
“Some young kids might go into it with that mentality of ‘I’ll do alright, and if I make a mistake it’s because I’m young’.
“But that’s not what I’m about and it’s not what Wigan and Shaun are about.
“I’m my biggest critic and if I nmess up, it’s not acceptable.
“If you’re playing a Super League game, you’re a Super League player – there are no excuses for any errors.”
Burke could be asked to play a stint at prop tomorrow after Gil Dudson was ruled out with a broken hand.
With Epalahame Lauaki (injury) and Tom Spencer both left out of the 19-man squad, Burke would seem the most obvious choice to provide cover in the front-row, having made his six Super League appearances so far in the second-row.
“I’m happy wherever I’m wanted,” he said. “It can only help my chances of getting in the side.”