Let’s get Eddy to rumble

Wigan's Eddy Pettybourne and Scott Taylor
Wigan's Eddy Pettybourne and Scott Taylor

EDDY Pettybourne has told Wigan fans: “You’ve not seen the best of me yet.”

Signed from NRL side Wests Tigers a year ago, the prop featured in 18 games during his first season in England.

But he feels there is more to come, and has vowed to work harder in training to make sure he fulfills what he is capable of.

The 26-year-old said: “Here and there, I thought I was alright – but I know I can be better.

“Touch wood I can stay injury-free, I’m off contract too so there’s a lot to play for.

“There’s a lot of competition in the team, and especially in the front-row, and I have to take a step up and play good footy and play well for the team.”

Pettybourne points to the shortened off-season a year ago – because of his involvement in the World Cup with USA – as well as leg and jaw injuries for disrupting his campaign.

But he did enough to develop a bit of a cult following, with fans responding to his strong charges by chanting his name.

“I didn’t really have a pre-season last year because of the World Cup, so hopefully this time I can build some confidence going into the new season,” he said.

“Whatever it takes to get better.”

Pettybourne has flown with the rest of his team-mates to America for a warm-weather training camp.

The ex-Souths forward represented USA a year ago, having previously played for Samoa, Australia Schoolboys - and been in the New Zealand squad!

He added: “The training’s tough in America but it’s good.

“We’ve got to work on the weaknesses from last season and make sure we’re better for next season.

“We’re all looking forward to the challenge.”