Debut chance for young Warriors

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SHAUN Wane will hand first-team debuts to two more youngsters tomorrow.

Prop James Greenwood and halfback George Williams are lined-up to face Leigh, as Wigan aim to take one step closer to the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Wane has resisted the temptation to make sweeping changes to his squad – despite the Centurions losing 60-10 at Halifax on Sunday – with Australian stand-off Blake Green the only senior player rested.

And the coach says Greenwood and Williams have earned their chance in the team after impressing him in the early stages of this season.

He said: “They are two young players who have the potential to have big futures in the game. But I don’t want anyone to expect the finished articles – they’ve a lot to learn – and they should be allowed to enjoy their debuts.

“They’ve earned their chance. They’ve worked hard.”

Greenwood, 21, is a former Saddleworth junior who is in the first of a three-year full-time contract.

“His attitude really impressed me in pre-season,” said Wane. “He lives on a farm in the middle of nowhere near Oldham, and when it was snowing really bad, he went the extra mile to make sure he was still in for training on time. That sent the right message out, and he has kicked on from there.”

Williams, 18, is from closer to home, having emerged from the St Pat’s nursery.

Wane has also named Welshman Rhodri LLoyd in his 19-man squad. The forward has yet to play this season after making three appearances in 2012.

Lee Mossop, who returned from injury in Sunday’s 36-6 win against Bradford, is retained amid simmering speculation he is poised for a switch to NRL outfit Parramatta.

Wigan’s 19-man squad: Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Flower, Goulding, Greenwood, Hansen, Hughes, Lloyd, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins, Williams.