Bevan French has revealed how he modelled his game on former Wigan favourite Matty Bowen growing up.
Bowen was full-back in the club’s 2014 and 2015 Grand Final defeats at Old Trafford during a popular two-year spell at the club. Now French is hoping to go one better in his first showpiece event for the Warriors in Hull on Friday.
He said: “I tried to model my game off Matty. I watched him coming through at high school – you used to see him doing things on the field and you wanted to go out there and try it yourself. We’re pretty much the same player, not big in stature and have to rely on our speed.”
Another hero of French’s growing up was Grand Final opposite number Lachlan Coote, who is six years his senior. The pair were both nominees for this year’s Steve Prescott Man of Steel, and their contributions in Hull are likely to be crucial to the outcome.
French added: “It’s crazy – I was still in high school when I was watching Lachlan play. He’s someone as a full-back whose execution on plays is something I could take note of.
“His percentage in hitting the right pass is something only a limited number of people can do. His organisational skills in defence is half the reason Saints are going so well – they’re a well drilled defensive team and that comes down to him.
“On top of that he does a high percentage of the kicking as well and knows where to put the ball at the end of sets. He pretty much has everything.”