Smith hungry for success despite duo's injury blow

Matty Smith described the loss of Sean O'Loughlin and Sam Tomkins for the year as a 'big blow' - but is confident they can stay on course for Old Trafford.

Tuesday, 27th September 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:50 pm
Wigan Warriors' Matty Smith

England duo O’Loughlin and Tomkins will miss Friday’s semi-final against Hull FC and, if they win, the following week’s Grand Final.

O’Loughlin has a calf problem while Tomkins has had exploratory surgery on a foot injury.

Smith will lead out the Warriors in their absence.

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He said: “Obviously with Lockers being our captain, and Sam being the experienced player he is, it’s a big blow.

“But we have players who have done a great job in those roles this year.

“They’re going to be missed and we have players who are itching to win trophies.”

Friday’s game is shaping up as Smith’s last at the DW as a Wigan player - if speculation linking him with an off-season move to St Helens is correct.

“I’m still a Wigan player, I’ve got two years left (on my contract), and as far as I’m concerned I’m a Wigan player until I’m told I’m not,” said the 29-year-old.

“I’m concentrating on Friday and I don’t want any distractions.”