Wigan Warriors' recent Challenge Cup history unacceptable, says Liam Farrell
Liam Farrell admits it is “unacceptable” for Wigan to go eight years without winning the Challenge Cup.
The Warriors begin their journey in the competition when they travel to Championship outfit York tonight.
They last lifted the trophy back in 2013 and though they have had plenty of other success since – including three Super League titles and a World Club Challenge victory – Farrell is feeling the pressure to deliver a Wembley triumph this year.
He said: “It’s been too long for a club like Wigan, especially with the history we’ve got, the special teams that have won it and the consecutive years we’ve won it. As a club, If we’re not involved in winning trophies you can feel the pressure of the town on your back, we have high expectations on us.
“The Challenge Cup is bigger than no other for this town, it’s not acceptable for us to not win it for seven or eight years. There’s a bit of pressure on us.
“We’ve got a job to get back there and win it. The last time was 2013 – it’s disappointing – but we’re trying to look ahead and make sure we get there.
“We’ve got hungry players who want to win silverware. One step at a time, but hopefully we can have a good run.”
A victory tomorrow would move Wigan – beaten finalists in 2017 – a step closer to the Wembley decider on July 17.
“It’s been in the back of my mind in the pre-season, that it’s something I’ve not won in a few years,” continued Farrell.
“But we’re going to a Championship club, we’re not taking York for granted, I’ve never played them but I’ve played in these types of games and they’re tough.
“We’ve had a look at them, there’s a lot of experience in their squad, a few former Super League players.”
Coach Adrian Lam has retained the same 21-man squad as last week, and though he may make “one or two changes” Farrell looks set to get a second game starting at centre following his debut in the position in the 34-6 victory against Wakefield.
“It definitely wasn’t my idea,” the 30-year-old smiled.
“It was a bit of a change, I was nervous for a big part of the week.”