NATHAN BROWN is hoping being involved in last year’s Challenge Cup final will inspire the Giants to make a Wembley return in 2010.
Huddersfield crowned their 2009 season by reaching their first final at the famous old stadium since 1962.
But their historic day ended in bitter disappointment as they were beaten 25-16 by Warrington Wolves on August 29.
The Giants open their Carnegie Challenge Cup 2010 campaign with a tough fourth-round tie at home to in-form Hull KR on Sunday.
And Brown is hoping that such a recent Wembley memory will tip the balance of the tie in his side’s favour.
“Wembley last year was a wonderful experience for everyone at the club, fans, players and officials alike,” said Brown, whose side beat Hull KR 30-0 in Super League XV at Craven Park on February 21.
“And by tasting it once I know how keen everyone is to do it all again. Playing in an occasion like that is something every club would like to be involved in, and that obviously includes Hull KR as well as us.
“A fourth-round draw against them (Hull KR) is going to be tough, because they’re playing well, as they showed on Sunday with their excellent home win over Warrington (36-16).
“But as we played Castleford on Friday night (winning 24-0) we’ve given the players four days off, so everyone will come back fresh.
“Like everyone in the competition, we’ve played a lot of footy already and the players have earned the right to have a bit of a rest at this stage.”
That side could now include influential hooker Brad Drew, who played his first game in his second spell for the Giants in the reserves on Saturday following pre-season knee surgery.
Drew played the full 80 minutes as Huddersfield beat Castleford 54-28, meaning Stephen Wild (knee) and Simon Finnigan (neck and shoulder) are now the only players still in rehab.
But Brown has yet to decide whether he’ll get the nod or not.
“He showed straight away he’s got great awareness and reads the game so well,” added Brown. “But it’s too early to say if he’ll play.”