Tetley's Challenge Cup: London Broncos' Chris Melling targets Wigan victory
Last Updated: July 25, 2013 9:24am
Chris Melling: Keen to secure Wembley place at Wigan's expense
London Broncos utility player Chris Melling is hoping to get one over on his former Wigan team-mates when he faces them in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
Melling played just 10 matches for his hometown club before moving to the capital in 2007.
The two sides go head-to-head at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday and Melling is keen to help London pull off an upset.
"It is special when I play Wigan," he said. "There's that bit of you where you want to get one over your ex-team-mates and the club that released you for whatever reason.
"I still have friends there. It's more special than if we were playing someone else but, at the same time, it's a semi-final and that's enough.
"The recognition of the competition is unbelievable and we're 80 minutes away from reaching the final.
"I've really enjoyed my time down here and it's been a fantastic part of my life."
Melling, who joined London as a hooker but now operates at either threequarters or at the back row of the pack, is hoping they can secure their place at Wembley despite struggling in Super League.
Tony Rea's side have not won in the top-flight since April and despite featuring in cup victories over Bradford and Sheffield, Melling is yet to be on the winning side in the league this season.
"Every year I've thought about playing at Wembley. It's what you aspire to do from when you're a kid," he added.
"We've got the opportunity now. We need to hit the heights and we have 80 minutes on Saturday to achieve that dream.
"The club have been a little bit frustrated over the last few years and performances haven't matched expectations.
"As players and staff, that hurts a little bit so we have the opportunity to right some of those wrongs on Saturday.
"Wigan are favourites but you can see how the formbook goes out the window in every cup competition.
"Consistency week in week out in the league is obviously key but anything can happen in a one-off 80 minutes."