Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wigan Warriors are very much building towards the future which can be seen through the club’s investment in youth over the past couple of years.
This includes academy halfback Harry Smith who made his Super League debut for the Warriors in September last year in a 46-12 win over the Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
Growing up a fan of the Widnes Vikings and Mark Smith, the scrum-half has always played at a high level and with great responsibility even during his days in the youth academy, winning three straight premierships with the Under 19’s squad where he would eventually become captain and leading the England Under 19’s side to a 2-0 series win against Australia in 2018, also as captain.
Smith believes he’s been able to accomplish such feats through his mind for the game.
“I feel I am a good communicator and have a good knowledge of the game and know what the team needs to do at certain points in the game.” Smith told Everything Rugby League.
In 2019, Smith would go on loan to the Swinton Lions in a bid to gain some experience playing against adults, a beneficial time in his career.
“It was a really good experience and one I really enjoyed I learnt a lot of new things and helped me physically playing against bigger and more physical players.”
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In 2020, Smith has found himself a regular bench role in the Warriors line up and looks to sustain that, while contributing to team success.
“I want to play as many games as possible and gain as much experience as can and hopefully as a team we can win some trophies.”
Wigan currently sit on top of the Super League table and will meet Wakefield upon the resumption of the season in round 8 at Emerald Headingley Stadium on August the 8th, kicking off at 3:15pm.