Steady Eddy set for debut

Eddy Pettybourne, centre, in training with his new team mates
Eddy Pettybourne, centre, in training with his new team mates

EDDY Pettybourne is ready to prove himself in his Warriors debut on Sunday in Paul Prescott’s testimonial match against Workington.

And running out at Derwent Park will mark another notch on the forward’s incredible personal journey, which will literally have taken him around the world and back again.

The 25-year-old left home in Australia to represent the USA in last autumn’s World Cup (below), before flying to Florida for the Warriors’ pre-season training camp.

And he is hoping to impress his new coach enough to earn a place on the plane back Down Under for the World Club Challenge, starting with Sunday’s friendly.

After watching his new team-mates play for the first time in Wigan’s 36-28 win over Leigh at the weekend, Pettybourne is itching to play even more.

“I can’t wait,” he told the Evening Post.

“I wanted to play last week just with the way the boys are playing.

“I just want to put on that jersey and play some footy.”

Fans are eagerly anticipating seeing the capture from Wests Tigers in action again after he impressed the Wigan fans who saw him play for the USA last year, and the man himself is keen to earn their support.

“They’ve been waiting for a while but I’m looking forward to representing them,” said Pettybourne.

“For me I honestly want to work on everything. I have a lot of goals in what I want to achieve at the moment.

“The first game I might be a bit rusty but I want to sort my game out before Roosters.”

Despite having a short timescale to build up to the start of the season, Pettybourne is confident he will be able to fit into Wigan’s systems relatively well when he takes to the field on Sunday, and he attributes that to the similar methods in place at his new club and ex-Wigan coach Michael Maguire’s South Sydney Rabbitohs, for whom he played 91 times between 2007 and 2013.

“They way we’ve been training is straightforward,” Pettybourne explained.

“The structure Waney puts down for us is just to keep hammering it every day. The more we do it in training the better we’ll do it on the field.

“There are a few things we need to work on but we’ll get there.”