Owen Farnworth says he fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition when he made his Super League debut for Widnes at Leeds on Easter Monday.
Denis Betts handed the 18-year-old his first start in the Vikings’ 42-22 defeat against the Rhinos and he admits it was an unforgettable experience.
“It was good – something I’ve always wanted to do,” Farnworth told the club’s official website.
“Growing up through Chorley Panthers then signing at Widnes and just getting the chance – it’s what I’ve wanted to do forever.
“I got told I was in the 19 and I thought I’d be 19th or 18th man. When I knew I was starting I was dead nervous and just wanted to get it over and done with really.
“The atmosphere was mental – the drums going, all the flags and walking out with one of the little lads. I don’t know what team he was from, but it was something I’d never experienced before.
“It was packed, but I just blocked it out and kept my head on the game.”
After playing junior rugby at Chorley, Farnworth progressed into the Widnes academy.
He also gained international experience with England academy in Australia and says the system gave him the perfect platform for last Monday’s man of the match performance.
“Through scholarship we’ve always been a close bunch of lads – we just work with each other and connect well.”
“I’m buzzing after the first appearance and hopefully I can get many more games in.”