Salford youngster Luis Roberts says making his debut in their win over Warrington was a “massive buzz” for him.
The Wales Under-19s international made his Super League debut on the wing in Salford’s win over Warrington, having only previously appeared in the club’s pre-season fixture against Swinton at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Roberts had played for the club’s reserves side before the league’s postponement, and revealed that he hadn’t been training with the first-team ahead of his debut, but knew he was always ready for the challenge.
Despite limping off late in the second half due to cramp, that didn’t ruin the memory for the former Folly Lane amateur, impressing head coach Ian Watson and leading on the drums for the club’s winning song following the 20-18 victory.
“Since college and reserve competitions were cancelled, I’ve been going to the gym and doing my own stuff to keep fit which is very hard when you’re used to team training,” Roberts said.
“Then the call up came out of the blue and I was up for the challenge.
“It was a massive buzz. I’m the first from the new college system to debut at Salford and I was up for the challenge. Leading on the drums was an extra bonus.”
🙌 When dreams come true!
🎶 Academy graduate @LuisRoberts52 leads the song!
— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) September 29, 2020
Commenting on the league’s reserve system, which has been suspended for 2021, he added: “The reserves league is great for the sport, especially for people like myself who didn’t come through the academy system.
“Some get overlooked at scholarship and academy level and it gives us another chance to play at a higher level.”
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