Harry Rushton arrives in Oz after leaving Wigan Warriors for Canberra Raiders

Young Wigan Warriors forward Harry Rushton has touched down in Australia to begin his adventure with Canberra Raiders.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 11:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 11:54 am
Harry Rushton made his Wigan debut against St Helens in September

Rushton, who turned 19 earlier this month, has started a two-week quarantine period in a Sydney hotel room before he can link-up with his new team-mates for pre-season.

The former Shevington Sharks junior, who signed a three-year deal with the Raiders, played one senior game for Wigan - in the young side beaten 42-0 by St Helens this season.

"It's exciting for me. Being in quarantine has got my hyped up to start pre-season," the Blackpool youngster told the Canberra website.

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"I've not had a full pre-season with a first-team yet, last year I'd just turned 18 so it was mixed, some with the academy and first-team.

"I'm starting from the bottom and proving myself, I want to show I deserve every chance I get, whether that's Under-21s to reserves to hopefully in the first-team."

Rushton admits it felt "surreal" to learn of Canberra's interest shortly after helping Wigan to last year's academy Grand Final triumph.

He was training with Wigan until last Friday and then flew out two days later.

He had already spoken to ex-Warriors George Williams and Ryan Sutton who are at the Raiders.

"I don't know them personally but it'll be good to have the boys who are from where I am," added the towering back-rower, who will be training in his hotel room while in isolation.

"I finished the season with Wigan quite fit and strong and if I can keep that up I can hit the ground running with the Raiders."

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