JOSH Charnley is poised for a real hair-raiser of a month!
The jet-heeled winger finished the regular Super League season as the top try scorer with 31 – a prolific strike-rate which earned him a place in the Dream Team at the start of this week.
The 20-year-old has made rapid progress this year and if Wigan go all the way to Old Trafford, he admits he might be unrecognisable – quite literally!
Charnley said: “I’m not going to cut my hair or have a shave – I’m going to grow it all, be a scruff-bag.
“I might keep it growing until pre-season, I’ll see. I’m weird like that!”
Charnley – who last month shaved his head to show his support for the Joining Jack charity – said he was flattered to get the call into the Super League Dream Team, in the same year he earned England honours against the Exiles.
And he’s desperate to help Wigan navigate the play-offs so he can add a Grand Final appearance to the Challenge Cup win he has on his embryonic, yet impressive, CV. “I was surprised to get the pick in the Dream Team, absolutely,” said Charnley, who occupied the wing spots with Leeds’s Ryan Hall.
“I knew I was the top try scorer but there are other wingers in the competition, especially Joel Monaghan at Warrington, who have had great seasons so it is a big achievement for me. It’s good to get my name in there.
“I’ve just got to carry on performing and hopefully help Wigan get to a Grand Final.”
The Warriors lost in their last match, a 26-18 defeat by fierce rivals St Helens, but rather than dent their confidence, Charnley says the result has had the opposite effect.
“We took the positives out of that game,” he said. “We were down to 12-men and we felt we played alright, we never gave in.
“Compare it to the week before, when we played Hull KR. Even though we won that match, it felt like a loss in a way, because we didn’t perform.
“We know what we’re capable of.
“We’ve beaten Catalan twice already this year so if we concentrate on us, we should be okay.”
WARRIORS’ head coach Shaun Wane has named his 19-man squad for tomorrow night’s play-off.
SQUAD: Carmont, Charnley, Dudson, Farrell, Fielden, Finch, Flower, Goulding, Hansen, Hock, Hughes, Lauaki, Leuluai, Lima, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Richards, Smith, S Tomkins.
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MIKE McIlorum’s appeal against his three game was last night dismissed.
The punishment was upheld, meaning the hooked will miss the Grand Final if Wigan beat Catalan on Friday and go on to reach the Old Trafford decider.
Matty Smith is expected to take McIlorum’s place in the team.