Joe Greenwood’s Grand Final hopes for Saddleworth

JOE GREENWOOD has a place in mind to put what he hopes will be a winning shirt from the Super League Grand Final – the wall on the clubhouse at Saddleworth Rangers.

The Austerlands lad goes for glory as his Wigan side attempt to beat Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford tonight.

Joe making his debut for Wigan Warriors against Leeds Rhinos

And he will attempt to get his shirt from the big occasion framed and hung on the wall of his former amateur club, where mum Julie sits on the committee.

Greenwood’s St Helens shirt from his time there, as is one from a stint at Australian NRL side Gold Coast Titans and brother James’ shirt from his time at Wigan.

Now the 25-year-old hopes to add to the collection of winning Grand Final kits alongside Mark Flanagan’s from St Helens’ 2014 win, for which he was 18th man.

“Hopefully, it will be the one from tonight, if it doesn’t get ripped,” Greenwood said. “I’m going to try and send it over.

“It’s great to be noticed for what we’ve all done during our careers after starting at Saddleworth and they’re always in touch with us.

“It’s great to give a little bit back and sometimes I go down and help coach the kids’ sides. You never forget your grass roots.”

Greenwood may have been over to the other side of the world and back but his time at Saddleworth has never left him, or rather it never left his wardrobe.

Joe will face Warrington Wolves in the Super League Grand Final today

For he still has the shirt he wore on his last ever Rangers appearance as a 16-year-old nine years ago.

And it still fits with plenty to spare!

“I last wore it when I was 16,” he added. “It doesn’t feel like it was nine years ago.

“We won the league in my very last game and it feels more like two years ago, it’s gone so quickly.

“I look at the jersey now as it’s still in my wardrobe and sometimes I put my Saddleworth jersey on.

“It still fits me as it was one of those really baggy ones – it’s still baggy on me now! I was like, ‘How big must this have been?’”

Greenwood may have been toasting last week’s semi-final victory over Castleford with a recovery session at Wigan last Saturday but thoughts were elsewhere.

Just down the road in fact as Rangers sealed promotion to the National Conference League Division One with a win at Wigan St Judes.

However, duty called and he could not attend, not that that stopped him from keeping tabs on the action.

“We had quite a bit to do at Wigan,” he said. “But I kept up with it on Twitter and everything, I’m so pleased for them getting promotion.

“I’m not entirely sure where they were as I’m still getting familiarised with the Wigan area but it was a big day.

“I always try and support Saddy Rangers as much as I can. I’ve watched a few home games this season too, it’s great to be down there, there’s a great vibe.”

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