Much more to come from Powell

Andy Powell in action against Cas
Andy Powell in action against Cas

ANDY Powell reckons there is a lot more to come after his surprise Wigan debut on Friday night.

The 31-year-old – recruited from Sale Sharks RU – was handed his first chance in rugby league when Shaun Wane’s front-row options dried up.

Wane admitted it had come “six weeks too early”, but Powell showed some promising touches and was error-free in a shock 18-4 home defeat to Castleford.

Powell said: “The result wasn’t great but to get on the pitch was a big step forward for me.

“There is a lot to work from here but I’m glad I came through it.

“Waney asked me how I was feeling, and I said I was willing to give it a go and ready for it.”

Powell graced the international stage in union with Wales, so there were few nerves before his bow.

“I wasn’t too bad,” he said. “Waney said don’t get uptight – it’s another game of rugby. If you worry about it too much you can come up with little mistakes.

Powell says the intensity and speed of league made his two stints on the pitch as taxing as he expected.

“I was blowing a bit,” he said. “I knew it was going to be tough before I started, I’ve always watched it as a kid and it’s an athlete’s game.

“I’ve plenty to work on, but I’m one of those guys that will give it my best shot. I’ll definitely get better.”