In 2022, Wigan Warriors won the Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium but London born star Kai Pearce-Paul couldn’t feature through injury.
Speaking on BBC, Pearce-Paul opened up on watching from the sidelines.
He said: “It was a really hard watch, especially the way things went and the kind of game it was going to the last minute. It was a tough game to watch.
“Watching Thomas Leuluai return from injury for that one game and collapsing at the end, it was special.
“Especially the way we won it at the last minute, it was a tough watch, but it was a special weekend.”
However, he enjoyed bringing the trophy back to Wigan:
“It was special bringing the trophy back to Wigan as well. Such a passionate fan base and a rugby mad city, it was like a parade getting off the bus.”
He said the aim is to win the cup in 2023 where he will likely have loads of family and friends watching being from London:
“100% I will have 30 people watching friends and family, even better in my home town. It is what we’re aiming for. We aim high at a club like Wigan and we want to be back again and lift it.”
This could be his last chance for the trophy as he heads to Newcastle Knights ahead of 2024.