Tierney vows to be patient

Lewis Tierney
Lewis Tierney

RISING star Lewis Tierney has vowed to be patient as he waits for another chance to impress in Warriors first team.

After making his debut in 2013, the teenage fullback has only appeared once in Super League this term, scoring a try in Wigan’s 56-10 rout of Hull FC last month.

But Tierney, who scored a try on dual registration for Workington last weekend, has no complaints as he feels his progress is going to plan.

“Going up on loan has been massive for my development physically and in other aspects,” he told the Evening Post.

“Hopefully I’ll get another shot in the first team but so far it’s been a good year.

“Last season I was a bit in awe but this year I’ve been happier with how I’ve been playing.

“Super League is a massive step-up in pace from the Championship but dual-reg is good because you’re up against men. I just have to keep doing what I can.”

Tierney returns to training today with his Warriors clubmates after Shaun Wane gave his players some time off following last Thursday’s 45-4 destruction of Salford - and despite a blank weekend before the champions visit Hull KR on Thursday, August 14, Tierney revealed the club’s coaching staff won’t be letting the squad take it easy.

“It’s more full-on, there’ll be no easy sessions,” he said.

“I think the boys do well after a bit of time off – we’ll be straight back in to do the tough stuff and get right for the Hull KR game.”

Despite vying for a place with fellow youngster Ryan Hampshire and learning under the stewardship of star fullback Matty Bowen, Tierney insists competition for places breeds no hard feeling, and he is happy to see Bowen, a former NRL star decide to extend his stay at Wigan by another year.

“Even though you’re going for the same thing, you’re in the same team and training together – you’re happy to help each other,” he said.

“I’ve learned a lot from Matty this year – stuff you didn’t realise, you pick up a lot. Me and Rocky (Ryan Hampshire) have both learned a lot.

“It’s another year to learn and improve as a player while he’s here.

“You can always learn and to have him around for another year is another year for me to learn with the best.”