Shelford Bows Out In Style

Shelford Bows Out In Style

  • Wigan Warriors loose forward, Kyle Shelford, on the Reserves’ 42-28 win over Halifax

  • Former Under-19s and England Academy Captain plays last game for the Club

  • Shelford says he has learned a lot in his time with the First Team

Youngster Kyle Shelford said that he enjoyed playing his final game for the Wigan Club as the Reserves won 42-28 at Halifax.

Shelford came through the Scholarship system before moving into the Under-19s, where he was later made Captain.

He made his First Team debut in 2016 and has had a spell on loan with League One side Workington Town this season but he will move onto pastures new at the end of the campaign.

The son of the late Wigan star Adrian Shelford says he is thankful to everything the Wigan Club has done for him.

“I looked at the jersey before the game and wanted to go out on a high and I did so I’m happy,” Shelford said.

“It’s more about enjoying the occasion for me rather than being sad about it and even though I’m going on to new beginnings, I am still grateful for what everyone has done for me here.

“I have improved a lot in my time with the First Team. I have learned how to deal with playing against bigger bodies and how to use my strengths in games. But I’ve learned a lot on the mental side of things as well and dealing with adversity.

“I’ve been at Workington for the most of this year but I had the opportunity to play for the Reserves for the end of the season and I picked the Reserves because I’ve been here a long time and wanted to finish my time at Wigan playing alongside some of my closest mates so it’s been good.”

The Reserves beat Halifax 42-28 in what was a thrilling match at Ovenden Park on Sunday afternoon in their final match of the season.

Speaking after the game, former Under-19s and England Academy captain Shelford added:

“It’s a difficult task going to Halifax because they are pretty good at home.

“They’ve done well this year as a Reserves team and have been playing regularly and I think playing them a couple of weeks ago put us both in good stead.

“There were definitely times when we could have been better but we are happy to come away to Halifax at the end of the season and get a decent win by playing some good rugby.”

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