JAMIE Peacock is wary of the threat Wigan pose to his dream of bowing out with a Grand Final triumph.
The sound of the full-time hooter will signal the end of the Leeds warhorse’s 18-season career.
“That’s the thing – I’ve got the fairytale finish lined up, but we’re playing an incredibly good team. That’s the problem!” said Peacock, the former Great Britain captain.
“In terms of the best two teams getting to the Grand Final – I feel we’ve been the best two teams this year, and we’ve both got the ability to serve up a classic game. which I think we’ll do.”
Grand Finals are renowned for magical moments, such as Pat Richards’ sign-off try in the 2013 decider against Warrington, but Peacock knows whatever the outcome on Saturday, his role will be more engine room than spotlight.
“You know you’re up against it,” he said. “You know you’re going to be in a good battle against Wigan.
“You’re going to get hurt, they’re going to get hurt, you get on with it. That’s probably what I’ll miss in the game when I finish. That confrontation.”
But as confrontational as Wigan-Leeds games have become renowned for, especially in recent seasons, Peacock says fans shouldn’t read too much into heated exchanges.
“There is mutual respect,” he said.
“Sometimes things boil over. Rugby league is a confrontational sport, but at the end of the day there are plenty of Wigan lads I would class as friends.”