Tierney excited about Bowen arrival

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LEWIS Tierney is looking forward to continuing his development under Matt Bowen’s tutorage.

The livewire teenager made three appearances in the first-team last season – surpassing his own goals for 2013.

And having learned a lot from full-back Sam Tomkins last season, he’s hoping to make further strides by tapping into the knowledge of former Queensland and Australia No.1 Bowen when he arrives next month.

Tierney – the son of Wigan legend Jason Robinson – said: “I wasn’t expecting anything last season.

“Just to get into the team was a massive achievement, because it was my first year with the first-team, so I was just chuffed to get a chance.

“My focus for next season is on doing well for the Under-19s and hopefully get in the first-team again.

“Matty is coming in and he’s a top quality player who’s done a lot in the game, and I’m looking forward to him being here.

“I’ve seen a lot of him over the years, he’s achieved a lot and I’m really looking forward to learning from him in training.”

Bowen has been charged with the task of nurturing his eventual successor – possibly Tierney or Ryan Hampshire – during his one or two years at Wigan. Tierney said: “Hopefully in the next couple of years I will get that (number one) shirt.

“But I’m not looking that far ahead, I’m just looking to improve week by week and see where it takes me.”

The 19-year-old, who made a try-scoring debut against Widnes in June, has added some bulk to his frame during pre-season training.

Following a short break for Christmas, the players return to training on Thursday. Most of the squad is jetting to a warm-weather camp in Florida, but Tierney will be joining the Under-19s at a joint training base in France involving Catalan Dragons and Leeds Rhinos youngsters.

The former Orrell St James junior added: “We’re going over on January 6.

“I know a lot of the Leeds lads from the England (academy) squad, we’ve got a friendly against them and the Catalan youngsters while we’re there, I’m looking forward to it.”