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Wigan Warriors chief singles out player who “looks like a superstar”

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The Wigan Warriors youth system has always been one of the most productive in the game, however, it is currently going through one of its most fruitful spells. There seems to be a conveyor belt of young talent, constantly ready to provide a Super League-ready star.

In the Challenge Cup final, academy product, Zach Eckersley, stole the headlines with a try at Wembley which put Wigan on course to lift the Challenge Cup at the expense of the Warrington Wolves. 20-year-old Eckersley was drafted into the side thanks to the suspension picked up by Adam Keighran and he looked born to play on the big stage.

Last weekend, Jack Farrimond, who came into the side due to an injury to Jai Field, produced a virtuoso display to dismantle the London Broncos. The 18-year-old scored two tries and registered a try assist as Wigan took the Broncos apart.

It is safe to say that the future looks bright for Wigan. Now, Chief Executive, Kris Radlinski, has picked out the Wigan Academy product he thinks looks like a superstar.

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Wigan Warriors chief singles out a player who “looks like a superstar”

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One player Radlinski did single out for praise is Wigan’s young back-rower, Junior Nsemba. Nsemba made his Wigan debut against Hull KR in 2022 but first caught the eye in last year’s Challenge Cup victory against the Leeds Rhinos as he came off the bench to help lift the Warriors to a victory at Headingley.

Now, Radlinski has singled him out for praise. Speaking to the Eddie and Steve Podcast, Radlinski said:

“[There’s] great hype around Junior at the moment, Junior Nsemba. I mean he’s just an unbelievable athlete. He’s played less than 20 games so and he’s a cup winner.

“He’s a cup winner and you know he doesn’t look out of place he doesn’t look out of place in the changing rooms, he doesn’t look out of place when he walks into a restaurant with the players. He looks like a superstar.”

Nsemba has established himself as one of the Super League’s rising stars. He has now made just 29 appearances for Wigan, playing 12 games from a possible 14 this season and has scored three tries. Nsemba was tipped for a first England call-up for the mid-season international against France but missed out this time.

But it appears to be just a matter of time until he receives international honours. Having won his first silverware with Wigan in the Challenge Cup final, he looks set for a glittering career.

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