Wigan Warriors' Ben O'Keefe shares his debut delight

Ben O’Keefe says he was delighted to mark his first senior appearance for Wigan Warriors with a try.

The youngster was one of seven debutants for Matty Peet’s side in Monday’s game against Hull KR.

O’Keefe states any pre-match nerves soon disappeared once he was out on the field.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“I really enjoyed it,” he said.

Ben O’Keefe marked his Wigan Warriors debut with a try

“We got told on Saturday that we’d be making our debuts, and I was over the moon. I went home and told my family, and they were all very happy.

“I’ve been waiting a while for it, and I think I grabbed it with two hands.

“It was a dream to get a try on my debut, I couldn’t be happier.

“Before the game, I thought I’d be a bit more nervous but I settled in quite well. My aim was to touch the ball quite early on, to calm my nerves, so I think it went alright, and I want to get out there again.

“All the boys are very down to earth, and we get on very well, so you can’t ask for any more than that. There’s no big heads, they are all just very welcoming, which makes it 10 times easier.

“I’ve learnt loads from the experience, just to do it once helps massively.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“We can now go back into the reserve grade and teach them lot what we’ve just learnt, it all bonds really well.”

Read More
Wigan Warriors: Here is how the loan and dual-registration players have performe...

O’Keefe believes his time on loan with Rochdale Hornets helped to prepare him for his first Super League outing.

“It just helps with the physicality,” he added.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“It’s a bit rougher at Rochdale than it is at reserves, they’re all big blokes that just want to take your head off.”