Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Charnley Is New Poster Boy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Charnley Is New Poster Boy

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WIGAN Warriors wing wizard Josh Charnley will take over from Sam Tomkins as the new face and golden pin-up boy of Super League.

The tattooed try-scoring machine's skill and charisma makes him the tailor-made replacement to succeed Sam who has left Wigan to play in the NRL.

Charnley, 22, (right) who has topped the tryscoring charts for the past two season, will be used in promotional campaigns to market the game and raise rugby league's profile.

Charnley is already a firm favourite with Wigan fans and he was a high-profile figure in England's World Cup squad.

He is also an entertainer whose phenomenal tryscoring exploits have quickly projected him to superstar status within sporting circles.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan believes Charnley is a worthy successor to superstar Sam as the game's new golden boy.

Lenagan told MEN Sport: "Josh is not only a great player - he is also a great character and his smile says it all.

"He is definitely the ideal player to help promote our great game. "Josh is a very charming and interesting character. He simply loves playing for Wigan and he loves rugby league. We as a club are immensely proud to see him carrying on the Wigan tradition of great wingers.

"He has the ability and the personality to gone on and really become a very high profile figure within the game. Josh simply has so much to offer.

"With Pat Richards now having left Wigan, Josh becomes our senior winger and I know he will relish this.

"His try scoring record speaks for itself and the best is yet to come from a fine player who brings so much to a team.

"Not only is he a clinical finisher, he is also sound in defence and good under the high ball.

"Josh has worked on so many aspects of his game. We all know what he has to offer. He can do so much in promoting rugby league to a wider audience."

RL icon Billy Boston - the greatest winger in rugby league history - is among Charnley's army of fans. …

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