EDDY Pettybourne is keen to stamp his authority tonight to impress his team-mates, his coach, his fans... and his family 10,000 miles away.
The NRL recruit is set to make his competitive Warriors debut in their home Super League clash against Huddersfield.
And loved ones on the other side of the world will be on his mind, admitting he feels as if he is “representing my family” every time he takes to the pitch.
The former Souths and Wests prop said: “My dad is the most honest person, he always tells me if I’m playing good or bad. Sometimes I hate it but you need to hear it.
“He’s always motivated me.
“My dad text me the other day to say, ‘play for your club, do everything right and be disciplined’.
“I’ve come here to do a job and I intend to do it well. I’m looking forward to representing Shaun Wane, Wigan – and my family as well.”
Fellow new signings Matty Bowen, Dan Sarginson, John Bateman and Tony Clubb are also set to play in front of an expected bumper DW Stadium crowd.
Pettybourne became an instant hit with Wigan fans in last week’s friendly at St Helens, with chants of ‘Eddy, Eddy’ ringing out with each hit he made.
“Coming over here was one of the biggest decisions of my life,” said the USA World Cup international. “But I’m loving it. The professionalism is fantastic, there are good people, good staff. They’ve really gone out of their way to welcome me and Matty.”
Tonight’s Sky-televised match is Wigan’s first since winning the Grand Final last October.
Teenager Joe Burgess is set to deputise for the injured Josh Charnley.
Huddersfield will give debuts to new signings Antonio Kaufusi, Chris Bailey and Jodie Broughton.