JAMES DONALDSON is hoping to set the record straight when he and his fellow Bradford Bulls do battle with Warrington Wolves in the Tetley's Challenge Cup.
The 22-year-old Cumbrian forward suffered a season-ending knee injury when the Bulls last featured in a cup quarter-final clash, against the Wolves, back in 2010.
However, four years on, back-rower Donaldson is plotting a Challenge Cup success story.
Francis Cummins' side welcome Warrington to The Provident Stadium on Sunday June 8 and the loose forward fully intends to put the past behind him.
“It feels like an awful long time since we last played in the latter stages of the cup and none of us want it to end,” said Donaldson, who is in-line to make his return to action this Saturday.
“I remember the game well, but it didn't end well for me. There was only one try in it when I did my cruciate ligament, around four minutes from full-time.
“That is behind me now and I am just looking forward to the remainder of the season.
“We have plenty of things to think about at the minute but the cup is there, it is really important to us.
“We are mindful of the fact that a win against Warrington will put us one step closer to Wembley. For sure, we are desperate to climb the table – and steer clear of the drop-zone – but the Challenge Cup is a competition which everyone wants to do well in.”
Donaldson's earliest memories of the knock-out tournament were watching his amateur club, Wath Brow Hornets, complete various giant killings.
Bradford recently overcame the Wolves in First:Utility Super League but rising talent Donaldson is expecting a “bigger and stronger” Warrington early next month.
“Warrington are a really strong side and they will have even more players back fit when they come to play us again,” he said.
“But, having said that, so will we. It is going to be a really good contest and we are looking forward to it.
“I have fond memories of the Challenge Cup. I was too young to play in the tournament at amateur level, but I watched some of Wath Brow's biggest-ever victories.
“Those days inspire youngsters and they certainly inspired me. I would love to achieve something special this year, in addition to securing our Super League future.”
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