Brett Kenny surprised and shocked after receiving email from Kris Radlinski
Warriors to put on fundraiser for the Kenny family after former Wigan half-back was diagnosed with cancer last year
- Fundraiser to take place in Wollongong on Friday 9th February
Brett Kenny says he was surprised and shocked when Kris Radlinski got in touch to tell him the Warriors would be putting on a charity lunch for him.
Kenny, 56, widely regarded as one of the greatest Rugby League players of all time played one season for Wigan helping the club win the 1985 Challenge Cup Final.
The former half-back was diagnosed with cancer last year and the Warriors along with Destination Wollongong, Hull FC and the Parramatta Leagues Club will host a fundraiser for the Kenny family in Wollongong on Friday 9th February.
Speaking after the announcement, Kenny revealed it actually took some convincing for him to even sign for Wigan.
“To be totally honest I wasn’t that bothered about going (to England).” He said.
“I got talked into it, there was about six of us going over from Parramatta so I was hoping to get a start at a club that had one of my teammates in it but fortunately for me I got picked up by Wigan.
“We won a Challenge Cup then lost soon after that in the premiership but I thought really I couldn’t do much better than what I was able to achieve – to win a Challenge Cup final at the first attempt.
“I was very happy with what I achieved in England and didn’t think there was much more for me to do.”
Kenny headed to the UK along with fellow Parramatta half-back Peter Sterling who signed for Hull at the same time.
The pair had won three Premierships in Australia together but went head to head at Wembley when they met in the Challenge Cup Final.
Kenny came out on the winning side but admits he had mixed emotions at full time.
“I was pleased to be part of the winning team but I looked at Sterlo on his haunches and I thought – he nearly won it for Hull and it would have been nice for him to have walked away with a winner’s medal. At the end of the day there was only ever going to be one winner and fortunately enough for me it was me.
“It was enjoyable playing against him, although I didn’t like to do it too often. He certainly had a great game and if Hull had won the game then I think Peter Sterling would have won the Lance Todd trophy.”
Over 30 years on from that great final Kenny still holds a special place in the hearts of the Wigan fans.
On the news that the Club had helped pull together a fundraiser he told Sky Sports Radio: “I was quite surprised and shocked when I received an email from Kris about the luncheon, I felt very humbled.
“These people are from the other side of the world and for them to think of you in such high regard is just amazing. I enjoyed my time at Wigan and made some wonderful friends, I just really appreciate that people are still willing to help me.
“I’m looking forward to the luncheon and to catching up with a few guys I’ve played with – the likes of Steve Hampson and Shaun Wane. In Rugby League you play with guys as teammates and you become mates and it doesn’t matter how long it is since you last saw them, when you meet up with them it’s almost like you were talking to them yesterday!”
Updating on his health, he added: “It’s going ok, I’ve finished with the chemotherapy now. I have a course of injections every three months and we’ve still a couple of years to go before we can be really sure I’ve got over this. I’ve got some scans to be taken later this month so hopefully we’ll have some positive results with them. I’ll just keep enjoying life whilst I can.”
A fundraiser will be held for the Kenny family on Friday 9th February at the City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong. Both Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling will be in attendance and speaking at the lunch, which will also include Wigan Warriors Chairman Ian Lenagan, Warriors Executive Director and former player, Kris Radlinski and Hull FC Football Manager and former player Gareth Ellis with Matt Russell from Fox Sports as MC. The lunch includes a two-course meal with beverage package and costs $99 per person.
Tickets for the Brett Kenny fundraiser can be purchased HERE.
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