A TATTOOED super-fast sportsman whose passions include fashion and social media may not strike many as being the outdoorsy type.
But for Super League’s leading try-scorer, a day on the farm is the perfect way to unwind from the pressures of being expected to blaze through Huddersfield’s defence tonight.
Josh Charnley has 38,000 followers on Twitter and a quick look at his Instagram page reveals his latest inkwork (his Warriors heritage number and some detail in his family crest on his arm) and a new pair of beats headphones but also shows his other side, with snaps of his dog at a farm.
“My mate has a farm so I go and help out all the time. I love it,” explained Charnley to the Evening Post.
“I like being out because it’s a bit of peace and quiet. It’s away from rugby so being up there is nice and different. I like being a bit outdoors.”
Charnley used to live with fellow Warrior and Cook Islands international Anthony Gelling but since Gelling moved, Charnley chose a new acquaintance who has become a regular feature of his Tweets.
“I didn’t want a girl to take over my house so when I got a puppy it had to be a boy,” he said.
“He’s called Hector and everyone’s been cuddling him at training.”
Hector’s presence won’t have caused any distractions to the Warriors though as they prepare to take on the league leaders for a place in the play-off semi-finals at the first time of asking.
Speaking after last Thursday’s loss to Leeds Rhinos, they way the display affected Charnley was impossible for the 22-year-old to hide.
“We have to start again - it’s a disappointing loss,” he said from the tunnel after the game.
“We have to step-up.”
Dejection has turned into determination since then, however, and Charnley, like the rest of the Wigan squad, is looking forward to his chance to prove the Warriors’ doubters wrong once more.
“I know people have been writing us off but it is the way we are,” he said.
“We’ve worked hard all week and I’m looking forward to it. Waney has put the points across he needs to make so it’s going to be an exciting game and I’m looking forward to getting out there – if we win it puts us on right on course for Old Trafford.
Charnley has won the Challenge Cup twice but hadn’t broken into the first team when the Warriors won the title in 2010.
Huddersfield are set to welcome back the players rested in the Giants’ 58-6 defeat to Bradford Bulls last weekend and Charnley thinks, despite Wigan’s confidence, Paul Anderson’s men will be out to prove why they finished on pole.
“They are a good squad with a good coach and doing the right things at the right time so it will be an exciting game,” he said.
“We know we can defend so we just have to turn up on the day really.”