Why Harry Smith is making waves... yet again!
Harry Smith is hoping to make waves in Super League – just as he used to in the region’s swimming pools!
Rugby league has been a focal point of Smith’s life since he was a youngster in Widnes.
But he was also a keen swimmer, and at one stage as a junior lay claim to an impressive record.
“I was quite good at swimming, I was fastest in the north west at butterfly over 50m at one point,” revealed the halfback.
“I was only 12, so it’s not that big an achievement!
“I played rugby alongside swimming but when I got to that age, I had to pick one spot to focus on and I picked rugby.”
His decision has certainly paid off, with the 21-year-old now a familiar face in the Wigan side.
Earlier this week he signed a new four-year deal with the club, and he is poised to keep his place for this evening’s home clash with Castleford.
Both sides are unbeaten after three rounds while the Tigers boast the best attack in the league – an acid-test of the Warriors’ tigerish defence, which has leaked just two tries in their last three matches.
“Cas are probably the in-form team at the minute and so it’s a massive challenge for us,” said Smith.
“We’re definitely focusing on putting pressure on their key players, who we all know, and it’ll be a massive statement to the rest of Super League if we get the win.”
This evening’s game is only Wigan’s second at the DW Stadium in more than 14 months.
“We’re all buzzing to be back at home,” added forward Joe Shorrocks.
“It will be good to get out on the big pitch, which I think will suit and help us.
“Cas’ have started the season really well and we’ve spoke about trying to improve week on week, I think we’ need to because this will be the biggest test of the season so far. We need to step up, we’ve spoke about a few of their key individuals and it’s about trying to limit what they do to make it easier for ourselves.”
Bevan French is on course to make his first appearance of the year. This evening’s game kicks-off at 6pm and is not being televised.
Season-ticket holders will be able to watch the game through the OurLeague app or website but other fans can’t buy a pass for the match, due to the terms of the broadcasting contract.