Joe Shorrocks admitted his delight after making his Wigan Warriors debut.
Young forward came off the bench in the second half in the defeat to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night.
- Shorrocks: “I was happy with my own performance, but it wasn’t the result we wanted.”
Academy forward, Joe Shorrocks, says he was ‘proud’ to wear the Cherry and White jersey, as the 19-year-old made his debut for Wigan Warriors on Friday night.
Despite the defeat to Wakefield Trinity, Wigan-born Shorrocks was delighted to make his first Super League appearance, as he came off the bench in the 66th minute.
The Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC youth spoke about the lead up to the game and his aims for the rest of the season.
“I was over the moon to make my debut for the club,” Shorrocks said. “I’m proud and happy to put the Cherry and White shirt on and get out there for my debut. Overall, I was happy with my own performance, but it wasn’t the result we wanted.
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“When I get told I was in the squad, I was made up! I didn’t have a clue, as I thought I would be the 18th or 19th man. My mum and dad walked into the media room at the training ground on Thursday and presented me with my shirt.
“Hopefully, I can get some more game time in the First Team and keep pushing on to improve!”
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On the game, Shorrocks revealed the atmosphere within the dressing room at the end of both halves, as the Warriors gave away three tries in the remaining four minutes of the first.
He admitted: “We did everything right in the first 35 minutes. We kept them in the arm wrestle at four points ahead, but we let our standards slip in the last few minutes of the half. We went into half time feeling deflated, after playing so well early on.
“We were all pretty down in the changing room after it. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but I thought in the second half we showed what we can do. Ultimately, we didn’t do it throughout and we came off on the wrong side of the result.
Shorrocks also believes his side are not displaying a true reflection of themselves as they are in training and states it is down to him and his teammates to perform to show their maximum capability.
“We’re training well and doing things right in games, but we’re just not putting it all together. It’s important to show the fans what we’re capable of, as they’re not seeing what we can do at the moment.”