GENE Ormsby had been waiting for his Super League opportunity for a long time.
The 21-year-old from Droylsden, who played his junior rugby at Oldham St Annes, has made his way through Wolves’ Academy set-up from the age of 16 and has cut his teeth at every junior level before finally earning his senior bow against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley two weeks ago.
Having fought hard to displace Chris Riley on Wolves’ left edge, Ormsby intends to take his opportunity with both hands.
“It is something I have been working towards for a long time and something I have been looking forward to for years,” he said of his debut at Leeds.
“I felt at the start of this year that this was when I was going to make my breakthrough, and to get it was a massive achievement for me.
“I feel physically ready to be playing at this level.
“I worked really hard in pre-season, put the time in and it has paid off as I feel stronger and fitter than I have ever felt before and mentally I knew I was ready to go.”
Ormsby has been solid rather than spectacular in the two games he has played so far, but that is surely to be expected of a player still finding his feet at this level.
With a big physical presence alongside centre partner Ryan Atkins they offer a significant threat to opposition teams down the left flank.
Ormsby recognises that his partnership with Atkins, a player he has admired for years, will be key to a prolonged stint in the first team.
“I think we work well as a combo and every week my relationship with Ryan gets a bit better,” he said.
“Ryan has played with Chris outside him for a long time and they know how each other works, so that’s something I need to develop.
“I have looked up to Ryan as a player for a long time.
“Every time we play together we need to build that relationship and I think that is coming.”
Ormsby looks set to make his third consecutive start against London Broncos at The Hive on Sunday and with Wolves having scored a total of 196 points away at London since 2009 – which was coincidentally Smith’s first game in charge of Warrington five years ago this week – the young winger has one thing on his mind, his first Super League try.
It is a target he is partcularly keen on achieving after watching a golden opportunity slip through his fingers against Hull at the weekend.
“We were looking at it in the video session and I cannot believe I didn’t score,” he said.
“I should have caught it and scored but I didn’t, it was so frustrating!
“I’ll learn from that, but it does make me more desperate for that first Super League try!”