LOAN star Greg Burke is enjoying the “frantic” build-up to Hull KR’s Challenge Cup Final appearance.
While his Wigan team-mates are looking to a weekend off, Burke is involved in the Robins’ preparations for their first Wembley appearance since 1986 - seven years before he was born.
The forward will be travelling down to the capital this week, even if he doesn’t figure in Chris Chester’s squad, and says the experience has been an added bonus to his year-long loan spell at the club.
He said: “It’s been frantic and fast-paced - it’s a massive thing for the club.
“Obviously they’ve not been to Wembley in so long and everyone is excited about it.
“It’s not that it doesn’t matter to Wigan fans or the club, but because it’s been so long since Hull KR were last there, it’s a different mentality - everyone is so excited.
“They’re really lapping it up, with the charity single and things like that... it’s been good.”
Burke played in Sunday’s 12-8 victory at Widnes but may miss out this weekend, if coach Chester stays loyal to the squad which beat Warrington in the Cup semi-final.
He missed that match with an ankle injury which may need surgery at the end of the year.
“Getting to Wembley has really given us confidence,” said Burke.
“Before that game, we were losing a few games and we’ve not lost since. Whether I play or not, it’s a huge thing for the squad to be going down there. I’m really pleased for the lads.”
Hull KR enquired about keeping hold of Burke beyond the end of this season.
But the ex-Ince Rose Bridge junior - who has made 23 appearances for Wigan since debuting in 2013 - has been told he is part of Shaun Wane’s plans for 2016.
“Shaun called and asked me to meet him, and I was quite nervous when I got there - I thought he might have been telling me he doesn’t want me,” he said. “But he said he’s been watching me and been impressed when what I’ve been doing, and also with what Hull KR have told them, and he wants me next year. It was a big relief.
“I’ve enjoyed it at Hull KR, when I’ve been available I’ve usually played, and it’s given me a lot of confidence.
“Now I want to finish the year here strongly and then kick on at Wigan.”