Kibula happy to take Championship route to Wigan Warriors first-team

Samy Kibula admits he is open to a loan move if it helps move him a step closer to the Wigan first-team.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 8:39 am
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2018, 9:43 am
Samy Kibula played in last season's Under-19s Grand Final but is now too old for the competition

The 6ft 3in forward fulfilled his ambition for 2018 by making his Warriors debut.

He came off the bench in a 20-12 loss at Huddersfield in July and wants to chalk up more appearances next season.

But he is now too old for the Under-19s and Wigan have shelved their reserves side because of their frustrations with other clubs not running a second-string side.

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Which means Kibula may need to catch Adrian Lam’s eye playing in the Championship if he is to squeeze into the Wigan frame.

“Obviously it was a good opportunity to make my debut last season and make my family proud,” he said.

“Hopefully I play more games here and if not, in the Championship against some bigger bodies.

“I’ll do anything to get more game-time. If I have to go on loan, I’m happy with that.”

Wigan will continue their week-to-week dual-registration link with Swinton next season.

And Kibula added: “For me, it’s just a case of making sure I’m ready to go, whenever I’m called.

“If you’re a middle, it’s a case of get the ball and run hard, and tackle hard.”