Tom Davies says it was a dream to make his Wigan debut – and follow in his great-granddad’s footsteps.
While five Warriors have dads who have also pulled on the cherry and white, Davies can trace his family link to the club back nearly 90 years.
And the winger says the historical poignancy hit home when he looked at Gwynne Davies’ playing memorabilia in the build-up to his first senior game.
The 20-year-old scored a try in Sunday’s 16-16 draw with Huddersfield and is set to hang on to his place for Friday’s visit of Hull FC.
He plans to store his debut top alongside the 87-year-old shirt which belonged to his dad’s grandfather.
Davies said: “We’ve got a memorabilia box at home, with my great-grandad’s debut top from when he was at Wigan and his GB Lions jersey.
“I looked at them before I made my debut, it was a proud day for me and my family.
“His name has gone through the ages and hopefully mine will too.”
Gwynne Davies became the 344th player to represent Wigan when he debuted in 1930.
He went on to make nearly 300 appearances over the next decade, winning the league Championship in ‘34 and touring with the British Lions.
Davies - who has taken the heritage number 1,078 - earned a first-team chance after injuries to senior wingers Joe Burgess, Lewis Tierney and Dom Manfredi.
Hailed by Shaun Wane as the fittest member of the squad, he was last season’s Under-19s player of the year.
“I was over the moon to get the call-up,” said Davies, who has played for Swinton on dual-registration. “It’s never good to see your team-mates get injured but at the end of the day it gives you an opportunity.
“We had a reserve game last week and my mindset was if I played well, it could get me the debut.
“I was very excited, it’s one of the biggest milestones in a career.”
Davies marked the occasion with a try, diving over in the corner - though had the game been televised it would surely have been sent to the video referee.
“It was a close one, but I thought I got it down,” he said. “It was definitely a try!”
Despite the draw, Wigan moved top of the table on account of Castleford’s loss at Salford.
“From the start we didn’t have the best energy,” added Davies. “We can’t blame the weather or injuries, we reviewed it and know where we need to improve before Friday.”