Hughes: I’ll take my shot

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JACK Hughes admits he wouldn’t have been shocked if Wigan had recruited a replacement for George Carmont.

But now he has the No.4 shirt, the academy-product has vowed to grab his chance with both hands.

The 20-year-old was switched from the second-row last season and enjoyed spells in the centre berth.

He has flown to Florida with the rest of the Warriors squad for a warm-weather camp, and he admits he has been working hard on sharpening up his handling skills and improving his pace as he eyes a regular place in the starting line-up next season.

“I had a few games at centre last season and I enjoyed it,” he said. “In my first game, it didn’t feel right, but the more time I played there the more comfortable I felt.

“I know I’ve got big boots to fill, because George was a class player for this club and I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if they’d replaced him with someone else.

“So I know the pressure’s on – I’ll be working hard and giving it my best shot.”

Shaun Wane decided not to bolster his three-quarters when Carmont retired at the end of the season, opting instead to give home-grown players a chance.

Hughes will duel with Iain Thornley – brought back from Sale Sharks RU mid-season – for the vacant spot.

“I was chuffed to bits to get the No.4 shirt,” added Hughes. “I was on holiday and a friend sent me a message to tell me.

“I was really excited to get back. Now I’m with the backs I’m concentrating on speed and doing a lot more skills with the ball.

“There are other lads who can play there and I’m sure we’ll all get a go at it during pre-season.”