IN-FORM Giants forward Stephen Wild is relishing another Super League return to Wigan tonight (8.00) and declared: “This is my Cup final!”
The 27-year-old heads to the JJB Stadium brimming with confidence after helping the fourth-placed Giants to four wins from six top-flight starts.
As well as being the second highest tackler in Super League, averaging over an outstanding 42 a game, he has chipped in with two crucial tries.
And he’s in great heart to face his hometown club tonight.
“As soon as the fixtures come out, the first one I always look for is Wigan away,” he admitted.
“It’s obviously the club where I began my professional career, and I still live in the town.
“Because of that, this fixture tonight will always be extra special. In fact, it’s almost like a cup final to me.
“The JJB is a magnificent stadium and you know the atmosphere will be absolutely fantastic.
“In the past that’s helped me raise my game and I hope that’s the case again tonight.
“Personally, I just can’t wait!”
But even though Wild is relishing his latest return, he knows the Warriors are unlikely to give him and his teammates a warm welcome.
“Wigan’s form has been improving in recent weeks, and they won’t want to take a backward step against us tonight,” added Wild.
“But we’ve shown that if we dig deep and work hard for each other, like we did at Bradford and Castleford, we can be hard to beat. We know we’re going to need to dig deeper than ever tonight.”