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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Australian Stack has high hopes for Workington Town in Challenge Cup

Aussie second rower Jarrad Stack is hoping to propel Workington Town into the fourth round of the Challenge Cup – for the first time since he joined the club.

Jarrad Stack photo
Jarrad Stack

Stack has never made it past the third round in his time at Derwent Park and he admits it won’t be easy against opposition as tough as Batley Bulldogs.

But he hopes to play his part in commemorating Town’s heritage in the competition, 60 years after their Wembley victory.

“I’m really looking forward to the game,” said Stack, who joined Town in 2009. “Personally I’d love to get past the third round and that’s a big driving force for me.

“I can’t wait to get out there and do my bit for the club and hopefully give us the best chance to progress.

“We don’t focus on the past much as players but we all know it’s a big thing for the club and the fans to celebrate the 60-year anniversary.

“We have a slogan on our shirt to commemorate the last Wembley appearance and we know just how much it means to all the fans and how proud they are of the club’s history and we want to get off to a winning start to celebrate that.”

Stack rates Batley highly but says he would love to see Town beat their higher division opponents and give their fans a real boost.

“Drawing Batley is as tough as start as we could have expected,” he said. “But we’ve got a history of drawing tough games early on so there’s no fear factor for us – we’re up for the game and ready to give it our best.

“We’ll go into this game in a very positive frame of mind with nothing to lose. The pressure is all on Batley and we all know that we can win against any team so our confidence levels are high.

“Our fans are very passionate and we know they’ll come out to support us in force and it would great for us if we could give them an early boost to the season.”

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