Full-back Max Jowitt described making his Super League debut as a ‘fantastic feeling’.
17-year old Jowitt became the second homegrown teenager to pull on the first team shirt for the first time in 2014, following in the footsteps of Jordan Crowther who did so at the DW Stadium earlier this season.
Just like Crowther, Jowitt turned in a fearless performance and despite the Wildcats being overpowered by St. Helens, it is a memory that the former Stanley Rangers amateur will treasure forever.
“It’s a fantastic feeling,” he said after the game. “It’s such a step up compared to playing at under 19’s, playing in front of 10,000 people. The lads have been great in getting behind me and stuff like that.
“I’ve been playing 18th or 19th man and getting closer so when Webbo said he was going to give me a chance, I got my head down and worked hard in training and just tried my best.”
Jowitt was presented with his shirt prior to the game by Richard Mathers and father Ian, a former Wakefield Trinity player himself, making them the twelfth father and son duo to represent the club.
With 249 Super League appearances behind him and having won both Grand Finals and Challenge Cups, Mathers has been an ideal sounding board for Jowitt who was thankful for his input, and that of the supporters after a first half fumble led to a Saints try.
“He (Richard Mathers) helped me out massively throughout training and before the game he was around me, telling me what to do. There were massive butterflies before the game but once I took that first carry I was in the game then and had my game head on.
“It was a great following from all the fans. After that first dropped ball when they scored all the fans were behind me, chanting my name and that really lifted my confidence. They were the ones who got my head back up and back into the game.”
You can hear the full interview with Jowitt on the Wildcats Audioboo channel by clicking HERE.
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