Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is enjoying another excellent campaign at St Helens but for the 29-year-old a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory has so far eluded him. That’s something that he hopes to address this year, as he told Ladbrokes News after tackling his troublesome canine Tank.
“For me personally it would be a dream to get to Wembley and for the boys and the town it would be immense” he said.
“It’s a massive weekend and a great day out, the whole of St Helens will move down to London and I’ll have half of the East End over so it will be a very packed place!”
Saints have been impressive so far on their way to the semis, dismissing York City Knights and then beating fellow Super League outfit Widnes by 16 points in the quarter-finals.
However, the north-west outfit have suffered drubbings at the hands of semi-final opponents Leeds on two occasions this season.
The forward believes that record is down to slow starts: “Obviously the results look comfortable but it’s just been the first half that Leeds have blown us away and we just need to go out and start well like we have been doing for most of the season.
“The boys are chomping at the bit to do well and prove a point that we can get to Wembley and enjoy a nice trip down to London.”
Skipper Jon Wilkin will be absent for the game at the Haliwell Jones and although he will be a massive miss McCarthy-Scarsbrook has faith in the youngsters that are coming through at Langtree Park to step up to the mark: “He’ll be a miss vocally but we have so many good youngsters coming through at the club like Joe Greenwood who’s stepped up this year and obviously we have Atelea Vea who is coming back from a long term injury and this will be his second game.”
Saints supporters haven’t had a trip to Wembley since their run of three successive wins between 2006 and 2008 and the Londoner knows what it means to the club and is determined to end that drought: “It would be a fantastic result for the chairman because he does so much for the club, and for the fans as well, to pay them back for all the years away.
“We have a point to prove but you can’t look too far ahead or it will turn round and bite you on the backside.”
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