In-form Warriors duo handed new contracts

Young wingers Liam Marshall and Tom Davies have been rewarded for their sparkling start to their senior careers with new three-year deals.

Sunday, 14th May 2017, 8:25 pm
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 9:35 am
Liam Marshall

The new contracts will tie both players to their hometown club until the end of 2020, with an extra year in the Warriors’ favour.

Both players only made their Super League debuts this season when Wigan were hit by a string of injuries. But they are certainly commanding their spots on merit, and both were on the scoresheet as the Warriors beat Swinton 42-12 to book a Challenge Cup quarter-final tie at Warrington.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “The season so far has thrown up a series of challenges with injuries to many first team players. An injury to one player inevitably gives a chance to another and I think all Wigan fans will agree that both Liam and Tom have taken their chances remarkably well.

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“Both players have shown maturity beyond their years this season and are now ready to challenge for a regular first team position. We are delighted that both of these young talents will be staying at the Wigan club.”

Marshall, 21, signed full-time with the Warriors ahead of the 2017 season after playing for Wigan reserves in 2016 - as well as Swinton, where he scored 20 tries in 22 appearances.

He has scored 11 tries in 12 games, and also kicked five goals in the win at his old club Swinton.

Davies, 20, was last season’s Wigan Under-19s player of the year. In the recent game with Catalans he made a club record 309 metres – the second highest since the statistics were recorded in the Super League era.

Coach Shaun Wane said: “I am so pleased that both these young players have committed their immediate futures to Wigan and repaid the loyalty the club has shown to them.

“Liam has a great skillset and is a very natural player whilst Tom has shown a desire to succeed that I’ve only seen in a couple of players during my career. Most importantly both players love our club, I’m very happy.”

Marshall, who has taken the left-wing spot, admitted at the weekend he may have quit rugby had he not had such a successful spell at Swinton last year.

The trainee accountant - son of ex-Wigan player Dave - said: “I had to go out and work at an Accountants for a year and now being in a full-time rugby environment it has made me appreciate just how lucky we all are to be doing this and representing this great club.

“It’s good to follow in my dad’s footsteps too, he’s really proud of me and although he’s never pushed me to play rugby I know deep down he’s always wanted me to do this. It’s a proud moment for me and all the family.”

Davies added: “It’s been a real whirlwind of a year, coming up into the first team from the academy you don’t expect much game-time, and it was a bit of a shock to the system at first. I’ve just tried to keep my head down and work hard and I’m just happy to be in the team.”