CHORLEY rugby star Josh Charnley is determined to prove the doubters wrong, after making his debut on Friday night in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The former Chorley Panthers youngster has been at the Sharks for just over a fortnight now, and he’s revealed he’s enjoyed his start at the club.

He said: “It’s been good. Meeting with the lads last Monday was good but different as I’ve been in the same environment for over 10 years at Wigan.

“It’s like going to a different school; you’re going into a new environment, meeting new people and learning something new!

“I wasn’t nervous on my first day, just excited really.

“It’s a challenge and I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait to put on the shirt and play in front of the Sharks fans.”

The winger said Steve Diamond was a key reason to why he decided to join the Sharks.

He said: “I was in talk with a few clubs, and a few of them said if I signed there I’d go missing in the A-League, and Steve said I wouldn’t and that was a key factor for me.

“He’s a big believer in me. That was a massive indicator that I was comfortable coming here.

“I need to prove people wrong, people have already written me off, it’s one of those where I need to go out there and do what I do.”

Charnley made his rugby union bow against Wasps replacing Nev Edwards on the hour-mark.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a winning start with the AJ Bell Stadium side as they defeated Wasps 17-13.

Tries by Mark Jennings and Sam Bedlow along with seven points from the boot of Tom Arscott sealed the win.

Charnley has already had some success at the AJ Bell Stadium this season, scoring a hat-trick for the Warriors, and it’s a pitch he is looking forward to calling home.

He said: “It’s a good stadium to play at.

“When I came here with Wigan, it had a good atmosphere.

“Calling it my home now is great. Going in the home changing room instead of the away one will be different but it’s one of those stadiums I like playing at!”

During his time at Wigan, Josh won three Grand Finals and two Challenge Cup medal and was top try scorer in Super League in 2012 and 2013.