Hoffman feeling right at home

RYAN Hoffman was pleased with his first hit-out in Wigan’s colours – and said he felt right at home.

Sunday’s 30-24 pre-season victory at Salford was Hoffman’s first match in more than four months.

And the former Melbourne and Australia Test forward was happy with the way he slotted into the team.

“It was good to get the hit-out,” he said. “Your first one is always tough after a long pre-season and it was exciting for me.

“I was happy with how it went. My last game was way back at the start of September so it’s been a long time, and I was glad to put the boots on again. We’ve been training really hard and we’ve been doing a lot of work on our combinations, and I didn’t feel out of place.

“I felt like I slotted in fine – it didn’t feel like a first hit-out in that sense.”

Meanwhile, UK wealth management company PROBIZ were yesterday unveiled as the new title sponsor of the 2011 World Club Challenge between Wigan and NRL champions St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday, February 27.

And Paul Kimberley, RFL Commercial Director, hopes it leads to more investment from the Middle East. He said: “Over the past few months, we have been working with PROBIZ founder Feisal Nahaboo in developing the sport through his connections in the Middle East.”

Tickets for the match, at the DW Stadium, cost from £20 adults and £10 concessions and are available from 0844 856 1113.

l HOOKER Mark Riddell, who left Wigan at the end of last season, was celebrating the birth of his first child yesterday when his wife gave birth to Harrison “Harry” Glenn, weighing 8lbs 3oz. “Mum and bub are doing great!” the Sydney Roosters star wrote on his Twitter account. “Won’t be long till his Wigan and Roosters jerseys are on!”

l FORMER Wigan crowd-pleaser Brian Carney has arranged for Australian legend Andrew Johns to lead a coaching session at Halifax amateur outfit Siddal tomorrow.

The special session will raise money for the families of two players, one of whom died recently and the other who was injured on military service in Afghanistan.

Johns is in the country helping Warrington prepare for the new season.