WIGAN’S friendly against Leigh will prove a family affair for ex-Warrior Bob Beswick – as he goes head-to-head against his brother-in-law.
Promising hooker Luke Waterworth is in Shaun Wane’s youthful squad for the game at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow.
He is the younger brother of singer Lauren, who is married to Beswick.
“I’ve never played against him before, so it should be good,” said the Leigh No.9.
“We’ve not really spoken about it. I remember when I started playing, the last thing you need is someone talking about it, so I won’t be winding him up or anything like that!
“We’re good mates and I want him to do well.”
Waterworth is one of a clutch of homegrown stars promoted to Wigan’s first-team squad in the winter.
“He’s probably similar to me in style, he gets out from dummy half a bit and he’s quite creative – it’s a good chance for him,” said Beswick, who part-owns the Elite Fitness Factory gym on Swan Meadow Road.
“He’s moved into the first-team squad there and put some size on and I think he just needs to relax and enjoy it.”
Asked who Lauren would cheer for if Waterworth had a chance to score a try – and Beswick was ahead of him – he smiled: “Luke, 100 per cent.
“I don’t know if she’d admit that, but she would – and I wouldn’t blame her.
“They’re a really close family and I like that.”
Irish international Beswick started his career with hometown club Wigan in 2004 before going onto represent Widnes, Halifax and Leigh.
And current Warriors boss Wane played a big role in launching his career.
“I quit rugby league when I was about 15, I just got fed up with it,” said Beswick.
“I was more interested in playing guitar.
“But I still went down to St Pat’s to watch my mates and that’s where I bumped into Shaun.
“He asked me to give it another go, and I said ‘no’.
“Then a few weeks later I saw him and he asked me again – and he was quite scary, so I couldn’t turn him down again! He got me back at St Pat’s and then he helped get me on at Wigan, so I’ve got a lot to thank him for.”
While friendlies can often lack the intensity of competitive matches, Beswick expects tomorrow afternoon’s clash to be a tough encounter.
“We treat it as the start of our season – we’ve not looked at it as a friendly, and I don’t think they will either,” he added.
“It’s the first game so we might me a bit rusty but everyone has been training really well, everyone’s keen to get started and it’s Wigan-Leigh – there’s always that rivalry there.”