Back-rower Eddy Pettybourne says Wigan have one eye on the World Club Challenge against the Roosters ahead of their Super League season opener.
Wigan are beginning to fine-tune their preparation for the World Club Challenge as they attempt to rebuild their championship winning side.
A new-look Wigan face NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters in Sydney on February 22 with much expectation on their new faces after the club’s achievements in 2013.
But recruit Eddy Pettybourne has insisted he feels no pressure ahead of Wigan’s Super League season opener against Huddersfield on Friday.
Shaun Wane’s Wigan side stormed to the double last year, winning both the Super League Grand Final and the Challenge Cup in spectacular style.
Those trophies marked something of an end of an era at Wigan, however, as the likes of Sam Tomkins, Lee Mossop and Pat Richards have since joined NRL clubs.
In their place Wane has brought in former North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen and ex-Wests Tigers forward Pettybourne.
With one eye on the World Club Challenge Pettybourne said he is excited about what lies ahead.
“Wigan have bought a few good players and there are a few new faces as well as the youngsters,” he said.
“We have got a good young pack of boys that are coming through so I have no doubt that the boys coming through are a big asset for the club.
“We want to start well against Huddersfield and then carry on.
“The World Club Challenge is massive as well, everyone is fighting over positions and there are a lot of good players in there who want to be in the top 17.
“That’s their drive to be in that team and also to get to Sydney for the Roosters game.”