BRETT Kenny is getting misty-eyed ahead of his return to Wigan this weekend.
The Australian legend will be speaking at a dinner at Wigan Cricket Club on Saturday night.
He has been in the country for more than a week, supporting the testimonial of former GB captain Garry Schofield.
“I’ll be glad when we get over to Wigan, as I had a great time over there,” he said.
Kenny had a hugely-successful stint with Wigan 30 years ago and won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the classic, 1985 Challenge Cup Final.
“It’s one of the highlights of my career, and particularly winning the Lance Todd – it’s up on the mantle piece at home,” he said.
“It was a wonderful experience.
“I remember watching Liverpool in an FA Cup Final on TV, and the atmosphere was tremendous. I thoroughly enjoyed it at Wigan.”
He has used his speaking engagement to clarify rumours that a rush to leave the club led to him playing poorly days after Wembley in a Premiership match.
Leeds’ post-Wembley slips in the past two years show how hard players can find it to recover from the highs of the Challenge Cup Final – and Kenny was no different.
“I wasn’t mentally there,” he said. “It come out in the papers that I deliberately threw a pass over the sidelines (to lose), which wasn’t true at all.
“I still had another week or so there.
“It was a bit frustrating to come out like it did.”
Tickets for Saturday’s dinner cost £20 from Wigan Cricket Club, on Parson’s Walk.
Call 01942 241581. Kenny will also be at St Cuthbert’s amateur club the following lunchtime.
And the night before the Grand Final, he will be at the DW Stadium for an evening of drinks and stories in an event organised by Wigan and the Riversiders supporters club.
Doors open at 7pm on Friday October 9,
Tickets are £6 (with proceeds going to both the Brett Kenny Foundation and the Riversiders Supporters Club) by phone on 0871 6633552 or from the DW ticket office.