Tierney excited about Bowen arrival

Warriors news
Warriors news

LEWIS Tierney is looking forward to continuing his development under Matt Bowen’s tutorage.

The livewire teenager made three appearances in the first-team last season – surpassing his own goals for 2013.

And having learned a lot from full-back Sam Tomkins last season, he’s hoping to make further strides by tapping into the knowledge of former Queensland and Australia No.1 Bowen when he arrives next month.

Tierney – the son of Wigan legend Jason Robinson – said: “I wasn’t expecting anything last season.

“Just to get into the team was a massive achievement, because it was my first year with the first-team, so I was just chuffed to get a chance.

“My focus for next season is on doing well for the Under-19s and hopefully get in the first-team again.

“Matty is coming in and he’s a top quality player who’s done a lot in the game, and I’m looking forward to him being here.

“I’ve seen a lot of him over the years, he’s achieved a lot and I’m really looking forward to learning from him in training.”

Bowen has been charged with the task of nurturing his eventual successor – possibly Tierney or Ryan Hampshire – during his one or two years at Wigan. Tierney said: “Hopefully in the next couple of years I will get that (number one) shirt.

“But I’m not looking that far ahead, I’m just looking to improve week by week and see where it takes me.”

The 19-year-old, who made a try-scoring debut against Widnes in June, has added some bulk to his frame during pre-season training.

Following a short break for Christmas, the players return to training on Thursday. Most of the squad is jetting to a warm-weather camp in Florida, but Tierney will be joining the Under-19s at a joint training base in France involving Catalan Dragons and Leeds Rhinos youngsters.

The former Orrell St James junior added: “We’re going over on January 6.

“I know a lot of the Leeds lads from the England (academy) squad, we’ve got a friendly against them and the Catalan youngsters while we’re there, I’m looking forward to it.”