BEN Currie has his own personal Wembley ghosts to exorcise – not that he is thinking about them.

For three years, he has been taunted by memories of what became known as “Tackle 52” – when Hull FC hooker Danny Houghton somehow dislodged the ball from his grasp as he dived for what would have been the winning try in the 2016 Challenge Cup Final.

He has spent most of that time recovering from an injury nightmare, with two ACL knee injuries in as many years stunting what was looking like a rapid rise to the top.

Now fully fit, a return to Wembley to face St Helens means his rehabilitation has come full circle.

“These are the games you want to be involved in when you’re injured,” the second rower said.

“Watching from the touchline last year was tough but this time I get my chance to run out on the turf again.

“Wembley can’t come by without mentioning that tackle. It always sneaks up.

“I won’t be going down there thinking about it, not a chance.

“It’s been three years and we’re playing different opponents so I’m fine going into it.

“We’ve lost our last couple of finals and we want to write some history for this club.

“We’re really tight as a group of players and a bit of silverware would top that off.

“Form goes out of the window now and we’re happy to take the underdog tag.

“We’re happy for everyone to write us off because we’ve got belief we can come away with the trophy.”

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What became known in East Yorkshire as "Tackle 52." Picture by Dave Gillespie

Unfortunately, Currie and his Wire teammates could not be heading to the national stadium in worse form.

Friday’s 20-6 defeat to Wigan Warriors was a seventh in nine Super League games.

Having been comfortably ahead of the field in second spot all season, their position is now in serious jeopardy – Wigan have reeled in a 14-point deficit in 10 games to move level on points with them.

However, Currie believes The Wire can take encouragement from their display in the second half at the DW Stadium.

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Currie in action against Wigan. Picture by Mike Boden

“They’ve found some form at a good time and we’ve got to up our game,” he said.

“I don’t think the scoreline reflected how the game went as such.

“We had a couple of decisions that went against us with Dec Patton getting tries ruled out.

“It would have been a real fight in the last five or 10 minutes had they gone our way but unfortunately, they didn’t.

“We started very well but there was a 10-15 minute spell before half time where they got on top of us.

“They scored back-to-back tries from the kick-off which never helps, but I think we worked our way back in.

“If we’d have played the first half like we played the second, we’d have made a real game of it.

“We’ve got to learn these lessons as it’s coming up to finals football time.

“The weather’s going to be tricky like it was tonight so we’ve got to get used to it.”