David and Liam Marshall discuss their careers with Wigan Warriors.
David Marshall: “It makes me very proud. I know how hard he’s worked to get to where he is now and how it’s still an ongoing process.”
- Liam Marshall: “As long as I can remember, I knew that he’d played for Wigan because he and my grandma would always tell me.”
Everything seems to be falling into place for Wigan’s Liam Marshall in 2020.
With five tries so far this season and 62 in total throughout his Warriors career, the free-scoring winger has recently been rewarded with a contract extension that will keep him at the Club until the end of 2023.
The 23-year-old’s string of impressive performances, which includes a try of the season contender against Huddersfield a weeks ago, has also seen him handed a England Knights call-up.
Liam was nearly lost to Rugby League because of an accountants job, but it was for the Reserves system and game time at dual-registration partner, Swinton Lions, that allowed the youngster to stand-out and progress into the first team.
Marshall’s father, David, also represented Wigan, scoring 11 tries in 39 games between 1987 and 1990, and is pleased by what his son is achieving.
In a joint interview with Wigan TV, David said: “It makes me very proud. I know how hard he’s worked to get to where he is now and how it’s still an ongoing process.
“I knew if he kept doing what he was doing then they couldn’t ignore him. With the new contract, he’s got a bit of security for the next few years.”
Despite never seeing his dad play for Wigan, Liam says he was always well aware of his career in Cherry and White.
“As long as I can remember, I knew that he’d played for Wigan because he and my grandma would always tell me.
“It was obviously a big thing and the older I have got I’ve sort of realised more about the team he was in with the high bracket of players who are in Wigan folklore. That is similar to me when I look at the players I’ve been with in my short time.”
David’s career came to a halt after suffering an injury, but he is still pleased by what he achieved in the game.
“I was fortunate enough to play at a time when Wigan were at the top of their game with some very good rugby players. When I look back, it could’ve gone better, it could’ve gone worse, but I enjoyed my time and I wouldn’t change it.”
Despite his father being an ex-Wigan player, Liam believes there is no pressure on himself.
He said: “He (David) was never one of those who forced me to do anything or dressed me down after a game with what I’d done right and what I’d done wrong. He probably knows the last thing you want is someone coming into you after a game.”
The full feature ‘Meet the Marshalls’ is on the Wigan TV homepage available to watch now. Liam and David chat to Wigan TV and also evaluate each other’s tries from down the years. Please note the feature was filmed before the coronavirus pandemic.
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