EDDY Pettybourne is on the road to full fitness but admits he will have to impress all over again to fight his way back into the Warriors’ team.
The human wrecking ball has delighted the Wigan faithful in his 11 appearances this term, earning chants of ‘Eddy, Eddy, Eddy’ when he steps onto the field.
But the prop forward is desperate for a strong finish to his first Super League campaign after his latest injury setback which occurred just one game after he came back from a lengthy absence.
“That first week I was pretty upset but you have to stay positive and keep on track with your fitness,” he told the Evening Post when asked about the jaw injury he sustained in the away win over Catalan last month.
“It was tough to take in.
“It’s unlucky – it hasn’t been my year but I want to finish strong and get back in the team. I’ve copped a few knocks but that’s footy.”
Pettybourne, a star in last autumn’s World Cup for the USA, is eyeing a return to action for when Wigan visit Widnes on August 29, though he hasn’t ruled out returning against Hull KR on Thursday. And he shares the feeling in the rest of the camp that the champions can pose a serious obstacle for Wigan’s rivals wanting to snatch their Super League crown.
“There’s a positive vibe after the win against Salford,” he explained.
“We’re taking it game by game – we want to win every game before we start the finals. We have to do the little things right and take what we did last week to the next step.”
And with experience of play-off action in the NRL, Pettybourne is relishing the chance to help Wigan to a repeat Old Trafford triumph in October.
“I’ve only been in the finals twice with Souths so I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
“Every time I step on the field I want to do myself proud and my family proud and obviously the fans.”