Harry Smith keen to continue half-back education alongside experienced Wigan duo

Wigan starlet Harry Smith is hoping to tap into all of Jackson Hastings and Thomas Leuluai’s experience while he still can.

England Academy international Smith penned a new four-year deal last week, just a day before Hastings’ return to Australia with Wests Tigers in 2022 was confirmed. Kiwi veteran Leuluai will be 36 at the end of the season and Smith is very much seen as the Warriors’ long-term future.

The 21-year-old said: “Both Jackson and Tommy Leuluai have really helped me, especially last year. They’re always tipping me up on things to look for and how to manipulate teams and create stuff.

“They’re always around for me to talk to and ask questions – there aren’t many young half-backs in my position and I’m thankful for what I’ve got.”

With Leuluai sidelined with a sternum injury, Smith will get further chances to impress alongside Hastings as Wigan face Hull FC twice in the space of nine days, first in Super League and then the Challenge Cup.

Smith produced a dazzling assist for a Zak Hardaker try against Castleford on Friday and has relished coach Adrian Lam starting him rather than come off the bench. He said: “That can be difficult at times depending how the game is going and where the momentum is.

“I just tried to bring some energy to the team and have an impact when I came on. But I’ve really enjoyed starting because I want to be a main half-back.

“Lammy is always speaking to me on the field and pulling me in for meetings on what I can improve on and what he’s looking for in certain aspects. I just want to learn as much as possible off him and play as many games as I can.”

Smith has been earmarked as a player of huge potential since steering England Academy to a 2-0 series win over the Australian Schoolboys in 2018.

He added: “Not many people can say they’ve beaten Australia, and it was a really good camp and set of lads. The way we played was great, we really took it to them.”

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