Maguire: It’s full steam ahead

MICHAEL Maguire has promised Sunday’s visit of Salford won’t be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ for the Warriors.

Wigan will take on Leeds in the final of the Challenge Cup two weeks tomorrow – their first trip to Wembley for 13 long years.

In the meantime, Warriors have two Super League clashes to take care of, with Bradford also visiting the DW Stadium next weekend.

With vital competition points up for grabs and Warrington breathing down Wigan’s necks at the top, Maguire says there won’t be any question of his side taking their eye off the ball.

“To be honest, it’ll be very easy to put Wembley to one side, because there’s also a big prize waiting at Old Trafford for all the hard work we’ve done up to this point in the league,” Maguire said.

“We had a taste of that last year, which was special, and this group of players would certainly like the opportunity to go back and repeat it.

“There is such a competition among the players at the moment that will ensure the focus is right.

“The players know if they perform well they’ll get another chance the week after, and they’re all working hard to make sure this weekend is no different.”

Maguire is desperate to return the Challenge Cup to its former home before jetting back to Australia at the end of the season, but insists retaining the Super League title remains joint-top priority for the Warriors.

“We had a couple of days off after the weekend but we came back on Wednesday and we’re all over the semi-final now,” he added.

“The next two games are very important in terms of how we want to finish the season and the league table.

“Old Trafford is getting closer and closer, and if we want to get the opportunity to go back there we have to win these next two games.

“It’s vital we keep the momentum going not just until Wembley but also beyond.”