IN-FORM Dale Ferguson is hoping he gets the chance to play in a Challenge Cup semi-final after suffering last-four heartache with Wakefield four years ago.
The 24-year-old back-row forward is expected to line up for the Giants in Sunday’s home quarter-final clash against London Broncos (5pm) as Huddersfield look to move to within 80 minutes of a Wembley final.
Ferguson played in the last-eight tie when the Wildcats thrashed Oldham 46-4 to set up a semi-final showdown with Hull FC in Doncaster.
But Ferguson missed out on playing that day as Wakefield bowed out of the competition, and he’s desperate to avoid a repeat should the Giants reach the last four this time around.
“Missing out on the semi-final was tough to take,” reflected Ferguson.
“Jamie Rooney and myself had played in all the rounds up to the semi-final, and we were really excited about playing in such a big game.
“But our form leading up to the semi dipped and (Wakefield coach) John Kear decided to leave us out, which obviously hit us hard.
“I just hope nothing similar happens again this year, because it’s an awful feeling.
“Yet having said that, we’ve got what we expect will be a tough game against London this weekend, so we can’t think too much about a potential semi-final.
“The Broncos have a big, tough pack who get in your face and knock you about a bit, and they’ve got a young, athletic back line.
“As a result, we’ve got to be switched on straight from the start.
“But we know if we play well, then we can start to think about a semi-final. We can’t afford to at the moment, though.”
Ferguson is also refusing to look beyond a semi-final and to a possible Wembley final as well – although he admits it would be a dream come true.
“Every kid dreams of playing at Wembley, and I’m certainly no exception,” he added.
“I’ve never been to Wembley before, because I’d rather be playing the first time I go rather just be watching!
“And at a club like Huddersfield, I know it’s something I can do. There’s no doubt we’ve got the quality to do it.”
The Galpharm Stadium Direct Golf and Britannia Rescue Stands are open for the tie, with all pay on the turnstiles.
Junior season-ticket holders can utilise their quarter-final voucher located within their booklets to gain free entry.
Standard admission pricing is £15 for adults, £10 for over 65s and students, and £5 for under 16s.