Eddy knows all about Challenge Cup history

New Warrior - Eddy Pettybourne
New Warrior - Eddy Pettybourne

WIGAN’S Challenge Cup run will be followed from 10,000 miles away - with new recruit Eddy Pettybourne keenly following their progress.

In his first interview since signing for the Warriors, the Kiwi forward says he is looking forward to seeing how the rest of their season unfolds before he jets over from the NRL.

Next up for Shaun Wane’s Warriors is a Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against Widnes. Should they win, they will enter the semi-finals less than two weeks later.

And Pettybourne said: “I will find out what time the quarter-final is on so I can watch it.

“I think it should be a really good game knowing what Widnes can do and seeing how they ran the Wigan boys close last time.”

The 25-year-old Wests Tigers player would love to get the chance of playing at Wembley himself when he moves to England in 2014. And he credits the fact Wigan is a “family club” for being a big factor in his switch.

“A tough part of going overseas will be not being around my family all the time and living away from home,” he added.

“It will be a tough challenge for me but I’m looking forward to the experience.

“Kris Radlinski was telling me that they usually send families over for big finals and it’s a really great the way the club looks after families.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do and being with a club like Wigan allows me to look forward to the challenge.”

Pettybourne played at Souths until last season and quizzed his former coach Michael Maguire, now enjoying success at the Rabbitohs, before committing himself to the move.

He said: “I spoke a lot with Michael and he couldn’t speak highly enough of Wigan.

“He has already given me some tips and stuff about the way the club works and the standards expected of players who go there.

“I just thought I needed a change and I see myself in Super League.

“I have always wanted to go overseas and experience a new competition and a new culture.

“I have watched a few Wigan games on TV and I like the way Wigan play – they are a really good team.”

The big hitter was selected for the 2009 Kiwi Four Nations squad but Wigan fans may see their first glimpse of him in a Samoa jersey at this autumn’s World Cup.