Warriors pair face fitness wait

Martin Gleeson in action in the Grand Final
Martin Gleeson in action in the Grand Final

MICHAEL Maguire will have to wait until later this week before discovering if Martin Gleeson and Sam Tomkins will be fit to face Warrington this Sunday.

This weekend’s match – a testimonial for Wolves and ex-Warriors hooker Jon Clarke – is Wigan’s last pre-season friendly before Super League XVI begins on February 12.

And Maguire is hoping both players recover from their minor injuries in time to play against the Wolves.

They missed the opening friendly against Salford and neither faced Barrow last Sunday. If they don’t face Warrington, it means they will go into the Millennium Magic weekend without any game-time under their belts this year.

Tomkins, who has been hampered by a minor groin injury, starred in the Four Nations for England in November, but Gleeson (calf) has not played since Wigan’s Grand Final triumph against St Helens on October 2.

Maguire said: “We’ve still got a few bumps and bruises, some hanging over from last season and some we’ve picked up along the way this year in training. As far as Martin and Sam go, we will find out later in the week whether they’ll be okay to play.

“They’re both really close, and ideally we’d like them to play a game before the start of the season.

“But at the same time we’re not going to throw them in if they need more time.

“We’ll assess them later this week and make a call.”

Maguire, meanwhile, expects Joe Mellor and Karl Pryce to stake claims for a first-team spot – from more than 200 miles away.

They linked-up with Harlequins today after securing loan moves, as first revealed in Saturday’s Evening Post. Maguire said: “Both players remain very much a part of our future plans here at Wigan but this is a good move for both clubs and for the players.”

The loans are initially for a month but Maguire admitted the intention is for them to stay in the capital longer.