Charnley braced for emotional DW farewell
Josh Charnley is preparing for an 'upsetting' night '“ even if Wigan win!
The winger will be making his final appearance at the DW Stadium in this evening’s crunch semi-final with Hull FC.
Victory would seal a place in next week’s Grand Final – while defeat would end their campaign.
Sale Sharks-bound Charnley has scored 163 tries in 171 appearances for Wigan since his 2010 debut, and is ready for an emotional roller-coaster.
He said: “I’ve been counting the games and it’s going to be upsetting.
“I get into the changing rooms an hour and a half before everyone else, and I’ll reflect on my time at this club.
“I don’t want to let anyone down. I want people to remember me fondly, and I want to go out there and do my best.”
Charnley scored in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final and was a member of the double-winning squad two years later. But Wigan have not won silverware since – despite reaching the last two Grand Finals – and Charnley is determined to depart with a winner’s ring.
“It’s been three years (without a trophy) and it’s been a bit disheartening, and I want a ring on my finger,” he said.
“We’re going out there for the win, I don’t want this to be my last game with these lads.”
Wigan head into this match – their fifth against Hull FC this year – as slight-favourites, despite a string of injuries.
They have beaten Hull, Warrington and Catalans in their last three outings, while their opponents have struggled to shake a post-Wembley hangover.
But Charnley, 25, added: “We can’t take a backward step, Hull are a dangerous side and we need to stay with it for 80 minutes.
“The last time we played them we were aggressive against their big pack.
“We know they’re a dangerous side, they can hurt you with a kick or a pass, and we need to stay focussed. We know how good they are when they turn up and play.”