Sam Halsall is one of the most exciting young players around at the moment and is set for a huge career at Wigan.
He has enjoyed a few cameos for the Warriors first team and has been named in their 21-man squad ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against Wakefield Trinity tomorrow.
The young man has massive potential as we’ve seen over the last few years in his time playing for Newcastle Thunder where he seems to score tries for fun.
An exciting player, few young men can claim to also have the level of mental toughness Halsall possesses which he showed last year playing just days after his father’s death.
A huge Wigan fan, Dave Halsall was only 47 years old when he died in 2021 and Wigan remembered him in their next home game after his passing by wearing black armbands against Hull KR.
His son, playing for Newcastle Thunder at the time, also produced a special tribute to his dad playing just days after his father passed away on Father’s Day in memory of his dad.
He was commended for this at the time and went on to earn a place in Paul Anderson’s England Knights squad by the end of the season.
As we approach a year since Dave’s passing, Wigan Warriors have planned a fantastic initiative in memory of Dave and to support something he loved.
As it says on the Warriors’ website: “Today, family and friends of Dave are walking from the DW Stadium to the Totally Wicked Stadium and back in his memory.
“The walk will raise money for Wigan Warriors Community Foundation to support them in their continued efforts to engage young people in the game – something that Dave was extremely passionate about.”
The original target has already been surpassed and then some and you can still donate here.