Smith hopes to add Matt finish to Warriors

Matty Smith on debut for Wigan Warriors against Wakefield Wildcats
Matty Smith on debut for Wigan Warriors against Wakefield Wildcats

MATTY Smith says he already feels right at home at Wigan – just days after his transfer from Salford.

The halfback could make his first start for the Warriors on Saturday as Shaun Wane’s side look to tighten their grip on top-spot in the Super League ladder.

And fans travelling to see their clash against London Broncos may see for the first time his halfback combination with Australian Brett Finch.

Smith’s debut at Wakefield 10 days ago was off the bench at hooker, with Wane admitting he deliberately kept him away from the halfback roles to allow Sean O’Loughlin more time in the playmaker position ahead of last Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Leeds.

Now their Wembley hunt has ended, Smith is primed to come into the frame and direct the team around – at least until Thomas Leuluai returns from a knee injury at the end of next month.

And Smith is hoping it doesn’t take long to learn the calls, saying he is quickly getting used to his new surroundings.

He said: “I already knew a few of the lads from playing for England and the Knights, as well as from playing against most of them so it was pretty easy to settle in really.

“The lads are all rugby lads so they’re good to get along with, I just slotted in. It’s a pretty easy team to play in, too, with the players they’ve got.

“It’s just been a matter of learning the moves and the calls. It’s been easy to pick up.” Smith praised injured halfback Leuluai for smoothing his introduction to the team.

“Even in these first few training sessions he’s been there helping,” said the 24-year-old.

“If I can learn from him, a World Cup winner and a great player – and Finchy too – from now to the end of the year then going into next year it’d be fantastic.

“Hopefully I can lead the team around next year and be successful myself.”

Frenchman Thierry Alibert will take charge of Saturday’s game, kick-off 3pm.