Davies determined

Davies determined

Tom Davies says his experience at last year’s Challenge Cup final will only spur him on to try and get back to Wembley.

Davies, 21, was dealt a cruel blow when he was named in the team to play in the final but forced to withdraw in the warm-up owing to injury.

Since then he has continued to nail down his place in the Wigan team having been handed the number two shirt ahead of the new season.

Taking up the story, he said: “I did my hamstring a few weeks before. I wanted to play against Salford (the game before the final) but the medical guys said to rest it and make sure I was fully fit for Wembley.

“I went into training that week really well. It was the first really big game I’d been involved in but then on the Tuesday I rolled my ankle and did the ligament in it.

“Tom (O’Malley) and Blakers (Steve Blakeley), our physios, were great and I was getting treatment three or four times a day.

“It went right up until the last minute but when I went out there for warm-up I felt it a bit. If I had to go off (during the game) because of an injury and we’d lost then I’d have never have forgiven myself.

“I really wanted to play but I had to put the team first in that situation and pull out. I had some good support around me. Rads (Kris Radlinski), Steve (McCormack) and Joel Tomkins all came and put an arm around me. They really looked after me and made sure that I was ok.”

The winger has put the incident behind him and is now focused on doing everything he can to help Wigan get back to Wembley.

“What happened just makes me that much more hungrier. For me, my main goal at the start of the year was to get back to Wembley and win it.

“There’s an old saying; past is history, tomorrow’s a mystery. This game against Hull KR is a step towards getting back to Wembley so I’m just trying to make sure that everything I do I give it my best shot and 100%. I’ve had a taste of Wembley last year and now I just want to play there.”

Hull KR stand in Wigan’s way this weekend. Tim Sheens’ side sit in 11th place in the league but Davies says that will have no bearing on Sunday’s game.

“No Super League team is a bad team. They’ve not hit their straps yet but when you look at their individuals they’ve got some really talented players and are a quality outfit.

“We’re not taking them lightly at all. We’re treating this week like it’s ‘Wembley week’, it’s that serious. It’s win or lose and games like this make careers, I’m ready for it and looking forward to going against them.”

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