Higham desperate for Grand Final glory

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3rd October 2013

Warrington Wolves hooker Mick Higham says he would happily swap one of his Challenge Cup winners' medals for victory in Saturday's Grand Final against his old club Wigan Warriors.

The 33-year-old has won at Wembley three times with the Wolves but says the really big prize is the one up for grabs at Old Trafford as Warrington seek to end an agonising 58-year wait for the championship.

"At the moment you relate Warrington with the Challenge Cup - we've won three out of the previous four - but this is the big one for me," Higham said.

"Ask any of the lads, they'd probably swap one of those Challenge Cups for Super League, definitely. I certainly would.

"This one has eluded Warrington for a number of years. We have been knocking on the door for a couple of years and it would be a great finish to what has been a consistent season."

Higham is one of only two Warrington players to have tasted success in a Grand Final. He lifted the trophy with St Helens in 2002 while skipper Adrian Morley had a guest spell with Bradford in 2005 that culminated in their Old Trafford triumph over Leeds Rhinos.

They were both on the losing side 12 months ago when Leeds triumphed 26-18 to deny the Wolves the chance to complete the rare league and cup double but Higham is hoping that experience will help them go one step further this time.

"I think it will work for us really well," he said. "The occasion probably got to us.

"We started off really well but Leeds, being Leeds, clawed their way back into the game and found a way to pull away. We couldn't stick with them.

"We have had a few games this year where we have been able to grind out wins or taken a lead and kept hold so that helps.

"Last year we got a feel for it and hopefully, if we can keep composed and play with more patience, we can get that victory."

Wigan will be aiming to succeed where Warrington narrowly failed by becoming only the third club in the history of Super League to do the double and Higham expressed his respect for them.

"They are a special club," he said. "I had three great years there. Unfortunately we didn't quite win anything but we were not far off.

"The team has been growing and growing and, since Shaun Wane took over, they have really put some things in place that work well. They are a great side and have strike all over the park.

"We will certainly have to play well to beat them because they are a team bang in form. They have shown in the play-offs why they are a special team.

"A few people didn't back them to get here this year but they disposed of Huddersfield and Leeds pretty ruthlessly. They are full of confidence but we are quietly confident as well and it has got all the ingredients of a great game.

"As a kid you dream about playing here. It is something you strive for. Hopefully we won't die wondering on Saturday and we will get that big prize.

"We will enjoy the build-up this week. The nerves will start creeping in but hopefully we can handle the occasion better and make it something that Warrington, the town and the club can be proud of, by getting that big trophy in the cabinet."

Warrington's players will wear black armbands on Saturday in memory of the club's last championship-winning captain Albert Naughton, who passed away last week.