MICHAEL Maguire last night declared himself satisfied after seeing his side beat Salford 30-24 in their first game of the year.
England internationals Darrell Goulding and Joel Tomkins each grabbed a brace in the Warriors’ first of three pre-season matches.
Recent signings Jeff Lima and Ryan Hoffman made their first appearances for the club, while Amos Roberts looked to be over the knee problem that ruined his campaign last year.
Roberts was in scorching form in early 2010 before his injury, and showed plenty of neat touches yesterday in an entertaining encounter.
“It was a good hit-out for us,” said Maguire. “The first one is always tough for the players, trying to build combinations and try new things.
“It was great to see Amos and Lee Mossop back, both have struggled with their injuries, and Jeff and Ryan represented themselves very well – they will bring a lot to the team and they’re only going to improve from that game.”
Wigan were firmly in control for most of the match, with two of Salford’s four tries scored in the last eight minutes to give the final scoreline a somewhat deceptive look.
George Carmont and Karl Pryce scored the other tries for Wigan, while young prop Dom Crosby was handed his first chance in the senior side.
“Stu Fielden was going to play but his knee’s still not quite right, but Dom has been performing well in the pre-season and he deserved his chance,” added Maguire.
Salford coach Shaun McRae was impressed with the visiting team and said: “I think Wigan will be the team to beat.”
Maguire reported no fresh injury concerns and said Fielden, Sam Tomkins and Martin Gleeson would be fit by the end of the month.
Maguire will field younger members of his squad in next Sunday’s friendly at Barrow, before Wigan wrap up their pre-season programme with the first-team players taking part in Jon Clarke’s testimonial at Warrington the following Sunday.