NEW recruit Eddy Pettybourne made a flying visit to Wigan yesterday – and declard: “I can’t wait to get started.”
The former Souths and Wests Tigers forward arrived in England last weekend to represent USA in the World Cup.
And he took advantage of a day off to visit the town he will be calling home for the next two years.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“Since I signed my family and I have been watching Wigan, getting up early to see their games, and it’s been awesome watching how tight they are and how they play.
“Winning those two Cups was outstanding, and it’s something I’ve always dreamed of, to come here and play at Wembley or Old Trafford.
“There’ll be pressure on myself and the other players coming in, because of the calibre of the players who are leaving.
“But I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and working hard in training and representing the Warriors.”
Pettybourne, who was wanted by Shaun Wane a year earlier, took advice from ex-coach Michael Maguire before signing.
“I always wanted to come, it was about the right time,” he said.
“Madge said it’d be good for me, he said the set-up was awesome and the people are great.
“Shaun Wane gave me an opportunity and it’s worked out well.”
The 25-year-old is comfortable at either second row or prop.
And fans can get an early glimpse of what to expect when he plays for America during the World Cup, starting with a match against the Cook Islands on Wednesday.
New Zealand-born Pettybourne (below) was a late call-up to the US squad, which he qualifies for through his grandfather.
He has previously played for Australian Schoolboys and Samoa.
“I wasn’t going to play in the World Cup, but one of the boys got injured and I got this opportunity,” he said.
“My grandad is American Samoan. I was pretty lucky that I have the chance to represent my grandfather’s history and do him proud. He passed away a long time ago so it’s very special for me and my family.
“I’m grateful for the chance and I’ll just try and play my best for the team.”
Pettybourne will have a short trip home after the World Cup before returning to Wigan with his wife.
He added: “It’ll be tough, because I’m spoon fed at home!
“But it’s a great experience and I’ll learn to grow up over here.”