SCOTT Carson is keeping his fingers crossed for a huge Wigan sporting double this weekend.
Latics entertain Charlton tonight in a massive game at the bottom of the Championship, with the home side hoping to reduce the gap between themselves and safety to just three points. The match has been brought forward 24 hours to accommodate the Warriors’ World Club Series clash against Brisbane Broncos.
And Cumbrian Carson – a mad-keen rugby league fan – admits he’ll be glued to the action on Saturday evening for his fix of guilty pleasure.
“I watch all the rugby league when it’s on,” he told the Evening Post.
“Every Friday it’s must-watch, I’ve fallen off the soaps, I just watch the rugby league every week.
“It gives me a bit of peace for 80 minutes, it’s a great watch. To be honest I prefer watching the rugby league than football when I’m at home.
“It’s a great sport.”
Hailing from the rugby league strong-hold of Whitehaven, Carson’s roots in the 13-man code go way back.
“We all went back up there this week with it being half-term, and everywhere you go there’s a rugby league game going on,” the former England No.1 revealed.
“Whitehaven’s the closest big side, although I used to play for Wath Brow in the amateur ranks. They always do well every year, and they’ve got a chance of going even further in this year’s Challenge Cup. It’s a thriving area.”
While plans for a Cumbrian side to join Super League have yet to reach fruition, Carson has nailed his colours to the mast of his adopted side.
“I watched Wigan last week against Huddersfield, and I didn’t think the scoreline did them justice at all,” he added.
“I thought they could have won by even more, and that’s a good sign heading into the Brisbane game.
“I think the concept is brilliant – bringing over the three Aussie teams – and all three games will be worth watching.
“It’ll be a good test for our sides. We all know how the Australians are different class and it’ll be interesting to see how we do.
“Hopefully we (Latics) can get another three points, and if the Warriors can follow it up by beating Brisbane it will be a good weekend all round.
“If we can get it off to a good start against Charlton, I’m sure the Warriors won’t disappoint – they never do.”