Lockers backs Magic opener

St Helens captain Paul Wellens and Sean O'Loughlin with the Engage Super League Trophy ahead of their season opening clash

St Helens captain Paul Wellens and Sean O'Loughlin with the Engage Super League Trophy ahead of their season opening clash

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SEAN O’Loughlin has backed the decision to kick-off the new season with the Magic event – and reckons it will be just the tonic for Super League fans who have been starved of action over the winter break.

All four previous Magic weekends took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

But RFL chiefs brought it forward three months to help ensure the new Super League campaign begins with a bang.

O’Loughlin – preparing for his 10th year in the Wigan first-team – said: “I’m glad they’ve moved it to the first game of the season.

“It makes it a bit more of a special occasion and hopefully it will attract a bigger crowd.

“I think we’ve needed this for a while, rather than just start the season with regular games – it makes a big event over the start of the season.

“Hopefully it generates a bit of interest and there’s a good turn-out. I think there will be – people have been starved of rugby for a bit!”

O’Loughlin’s last competitive match for Wigan ended in him lifting the Grand Final trophy on October 2.

And he knows that Saints will have no shortage of motivation after that 22-10 humbling at Old Trafford – their third consecutive defeat at the Theatre of Dreams.

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