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Tim Smith poised for debut with Wigan

11/07/2008 05:29:30 PM Comments (0)

Former Parramatta halfback Tim Smith could resume his football career with Super League giants Wigan as soon as this Sunday after linking with his new club earlier this week.

Smith completed his first training session with the Warriors on Monday after visa troubles delayed his move after the contract was signed several weeks ago.

The troubled 23-year-old quit the NRL earlier this year after a battle with bipolar disorder but, with his medical condition back under control, he is hopeful of rebuilding his career away from the media spotlight in the north of England.

While Smith has only trained with his new teammates for a few days he remains some chance at being handed his Super League debut in Sunday's clash with Hull KR.

Warriors coach Brian Noble confirmed that Smith was under consideration despite his limited training and lack of match practice.

"We will make a decision tomorrow on that, he has practised well but we need to recognise he hasn't played for a while," Noble told the club's website.

"He has a super passing game, a super kicking game, he organises very well. We are delighted to have his services and he will get better as time goes on."

Smith, too, recognises his lack of match fitness, but insists he is ready to go and willing to slot into any position in the halves.

"My last game was round four (April 5) in the NRL so it was 12-13 weeks ago," he told the club's website.

"I feel good, the boys have been good, Nobby has been great, I just can't wait to get out there.

"I know some of the Aussie boys and have met the rest of the squad this week, they have made me very welcome.

"I'm easy ,it doesn't matter where I play. I played a lot at scrum half (halfback) in Australia but I have also played a lot at six (five-eighth) as well so we shall see.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out there."

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