This evening Scott Mikalauskas will make his top flight debut when we take on Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.
Scott Mikalauskas, of the Leigh Referees Society, will make his First Utility Super League debut as he takes charge of Wigan Warriors' Round 1 Super 8s clash against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the DW Stadium tonight (Friday, August 5).
He still plays for North West Men's League Division One outfit Golbourne Parkside, making four appearances in 2016 alongside winning the NWML Trophy and Division Two title in 2015.
The 27-year-old, who scored three tries in ten appearances for the club last year, took up refereeing in February 2009 and progressed quickly, taking charge of the under 15s Lancashire Cup Final within six months as well as being a touch judge in a Reserve fixture between Warrington and Leeds.
Speaking in 2009, he said: "At first, it was just something for my CV to help me on my way to becoming a teacher but, as I progressed, so did my interest.
"I'd like to get to Super League - why not? I want to get as far as I can."
After progressing in the National Conference League and Super League Academy, Mikalauskas refereed his first Challenge Cup game in 2012 when Hunslet Warriors took on Whitehaven.
He has gone on to become a regular at Kingstone Press League 1 and Championship fixtures over the last three years and refereed the iPro Sport Cup Final between Keighley Cougars and York City Knights at the Summer Bash in May.
His last outing was Swinton's clash with Batley in the final round of the regular Championship season two weeks ago.
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