Stake a claim: Byrne

Stake a claim: Byrne

  • Liam Byrne looks back at Wigan Warriors’ win over Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.

  • Prop forward has played in the last two games for Adrian Lam after a dual-registration stint at Swinton Lions.

  • Byrne: “The defence was a lot better than it was last week. That was our main focus – we wanted to get up in their faces and hit them hard with our first contact.”

Liam Byrne says his return to the Wigan Warriors first team in the last two weeks has made him hopeful of maintaining a place in Adrian Lam’s side for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old prop made his first appearance since April in the defeat to St Helens last week and he featured off the bench again in Thursday’s win against Wakefield Trinity.

Academy product Byrne has also spent time on dual-registration at Betfred Championship club Swinton Lions this campaign.

He said: “My time out of the side was tough. I’ve had a few little injuries but once I got my chance, I had to take it.

“Playing a few games for Swinton has probably been the best for me. It’s made me hungrier to stake a claim in the first team at Wigan. Hopefully, I’ll get another chance to play for the shirt this year.”

Byrne in action for Swinton this year.

The young forward, who was one of four Wigan players aged 20 or under in action on Thursday, was pleased how his side worked to what they planned during the week, as the 46-16 victory over Wakefield saw the Warriors move up to fourth in the Betfred Super League table.

“It was a really good win. We had a lot of things to work on from the last performance, but we put it right on the field.

“The defence was a lot better than it was last week. That was our main focus – we wanted to get up in their faces and hit them hard with our first contact.”

Byrne also praised teammate Ethan Havard, who made his professional debut for the Club.

“It was great to be back on the pitch with him. I played all last year in the Under-19s with him and I love playing with him. It was really good to see him get his debut.”

Byrne (left) and Havard (right) were two of ten Wigan homegrown players that featured in Thursday’s win.

Wigan’s next league game is in two weeks time as they travel to Hull FC on 1st August.

Byrne said: “We’ve got a week and a half in training before our next game. It’s definitely going to be a tough couple of weeks to prepare the best as we can.”

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