Danny Washbrook says the prospect of earning a place in the rugby league history books will be a big driving force when Wakefield Wildcats face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup fifth round tonight,Friday.
Washbrook will go up against his former club on the 50th anniversary of Wakefield’s last Challenge Cup triumph, when they beat Wigan 25-10 in 1963.
And he says the prospect of joining the famous names from that era on the list of Wembley winners is a massive incentive for everyone at the club.
“It’s good to still be involved at this stage,” said Washbrook.
“Personally, it’s nice to be in the mix as over the past few years I’ve gone out at the fourth round stage which has been disappointing.
“I’m looking forward to the game against Hull. It’s always good to go up against one of your former clubs but I’ll be focusing on the day the same way as I would do for any other game – it’s important we keep our concentration because there are no second chances in the Cup.
“It’s 50 years almost to the day since Wakefield last won the trophy and we’re all aware of that and we’re all aware of the club’s proud tradition in the competition.
“It would be fantastic for us if we could celebrate that landmark by progressing through this round and going all the way this season.”
The loose forward reached the final with Hull in 2008, when current Wildcats head coach Richard Agar was in charge, when St Helens ran out 26-18 winners at Wembley Stadium.