Eddy’s ready to impress his dad on injury return

Wigan's Eddy Pettybourne
Wigan's Eddy Pettybourne

EDDY Pettybourne is raring to go when Wigan Warriors travel to London on Saturday for more than one reason.

The imposing prop forward hasn’t featured for the champions since sustaining a leg injury in Wigan’s Good Friday win over St Helens and, as well as getting back into action, the USA Tomahawks World Cup star will have the chance to impress his father.

Pettbourne’s family plan to take it in turns to jet from Sydney to Wigan to see the 26-year-old and his dad has been over for the past month. But he has not yet seen the former Wests Tigers star on the field due to his setback.

“It’s been frustating and I’m really excited to be back,” said Pettybourne.

“My dad’s over now so I want him to watch a game before he goes. He goes on Monday but I’m happy he’ll see me play before he goes. He loves it here – it’s a lot more relaxed than Sydney and he’s enjoying the life here.”

Pettybourne has been anxious to get back into the team since being sidelined and admitted to wishing he were on hand to have helped his side take on Saints in last week’s 16-12 loss.

“I can’t wait to get back in the mix again and help out the boys,” he added.

“I wish I was playing in that game against Saints, those kind of games you have to play it tough.”

And with fellow forward Tony Clubb returning from injury to face his former side, Pettybourne sees Saturday as the ideal opportunity to get Wigan back on track after two straight losses.

“Clubby is really excited but he’s more excited just to be back playing,” he added.

“We’re looking forward to the battle. We need to get back to that winning streak, we have to play with pride.”