George’s joy after Warriors debut

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TEENAGE half-back George Williams was delighted to be handed a dream first-team debut – and now hopes Shaun Wane hands him further chances this year.

The 18-year-old crowned an encouraging bow with the final try of Wigan’s 60-10 Challenge Cup victory over Leigh last Friday night.

The academy-product showed other promising touches, including a half-break which led to a Sam Tomkins touchdown, following his introduction from the bench.

And he said: “I really enjoyed it. Waney told me on Tuesday that I was playing, I was nervous all week and especially on the day of the game. The lads were great, they said ‘just do what you’ve been doing’, and that’s what I tried to do, because it is tempting to get on and try and do things you wouldn’t normally do to make an impression.

“I made a mistake early, but I settled into it after that and it felt good.

“It was faster than what I’ve been used to, but I was quite happy with how it went.”

Williams, who can play scrum-half, stand-off or hooker, is one of the under-studies to Matty Smith and Blake Green in the senior squad.

Sam Powell, who also played last Friday night, is ahead of him in the pecking order but the former St Pat’s amateur is hoping to be seen again this year.

“I’m just going to focus on playing well for the Under-19s and try and show Shaun what I can do,” he said.

Wane also handed a debut to prop James Greenwood against Leigh.

l CONFIRMATION that Wigan prop Lee Mossop will be heading to the NRL may be made within days. The Cumbrian prop is understood to have agreed a deal with Parramatta Eels for next season.

Gareth Hock, currently on loan at Widnes, is also heading to the same Sydney outfit.

The Warriors have already secured Mossop’s replacement after luring Andy Powell from Sale Sharks.

The capture of the former Wales RU international could also be made this week.

Sale have already announced he is heading to Wigan but there has been no official line from the DW Stadium.