‘Jake said he’ll be gunning for me’

Liam Marshall will face good pal Jake Shorrocks
Liam Marshall will face good pal Jake Shorrocks

The banter has already started!

Liam Marshall is preparing for his first game against close mate Jake Shorrocks – the player who introduced him to rugby league as a schoolboy.

Wigan fringe-player Shorrocks is on loan at Salford and has been given the green-light to face his parent club tomorrow night.

Marshall first played alongside him for the Standish High School team – Shorrocks later offered the winger £10 to join his Shevington Sharks junior side!

The pair went on to line-up at Wigan St Pat’s and the Warriors’ academy side together.

“But I’ve never played against him – this will be the first time,” said Marshall.

“It’s going to be strange because we’re really good mates and he’s one of the reasons I got into rugby league when I was 13.

“We’ve already had a bit of a crack, he said he’ll be gunning for me and I’ve said the same back. But we can’t really speak to each other this week now we’re enemies!”

Shorrocks played a big role in Wigan’s 2016 Grand Final charge as a bench-hooker but last year suffered a season-ending knee injury in his only appearance, at Widnes.

“He’s shown his resilience to come back and it’s good to see him getting some game-time at Salford,” added Marshall.

“Before his injury he showed what a talented player he is. He was the best player all the way through our junior teams and even at the Under-19s he was the talisman. He’s always had that flair about him.”

Wigan’s reserves will face Wakefield at the DW Stadium in a curtain-raiser to Friday’s Super League game against Salford.

The reserves match kicks-off at 5.45pm. Wakefield are the only other Super League team who choose to run a reserves side.