Charnley has fingers crossed for old club

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JOSH Charnley is keeping his fingers crossed Hull KR can spring a major surprise at Wembley today.

The winger has a soft spot for the Robins, having made his Super League debut for the club five years ago.

Leeds are on form at the moment, they’re doing an exceptional job. Hull KR troubled us and they’re the underdogs, they are capable of troubling them

Josh Charnley

He credits his five-game stint in 2010 as being the springboard for his senior career, showing Michael Maguire he could handle the big stage.

He was recalled early from his loan spell and has not looked back, scoring 128 tries in 135 Wigan appearances since.

But he has not forgotten how well he was treated by the KR fans at the start of his senior career, and hopes they can beat Leeds in today’s Challenge Cup final.

He said: “It’s where I started off so I’ve always kept an eye on them.

“They looked after me well, the players who were there took me under their wing, so I’d like to see Hull KR win. I’m backing them.”

The England flyer concedes KR – who knocked Wigan out of the competition – face a big obstacle today.

Continued on page 47JOSH Charnley is keeping his fingers crossed Hull KR can spring a major surprise at Wembley today.

The winger has a soft spot for the Robins, having made his Super League debut for the club five years ago.

He credits his five-game stint in 2010 as being the springboard for his senior career, showing Michael Maguire he could handle the big stage.

Leeds have won their last six games and are the heavy favourites to defend their Challenge Cup trophy today, as they aim for a clean sweep of domestic trophies.

“I want Hull KR, but it’ll be a tough ask to stop Leeds,” said the 24-year-old.

“Leeds are on form at the moment, they’re doing an exceptional job. Hull KR troubled us and they’re the underdogs, they are capable of troubling them. But it’s a tough ask.” Wigan are in the capital themselves next week, taking on Catalans Dragons at Millwall’s The Den.

led early from his loan spell and has not looked back, scoring 128 tries in 135 Wigan appearances since.

But he has not forgotten how well he was treated by the KR fans at the start of his senior career, and hopes they can beat Leeds in today’s Challenge Cup final.

He said: “It’s where I started off so I’ve always kept an eye on them.

“They looked after me well, the players who were there took me under their wing, so I’d like to see Hull KR win. I’m backing them.”

The England flyer concedes KR – who knocked Wigan out of the competition – face a big obstacle today.