Morley set for Magic return
Warrington Wolves captain Adrian Morley is set to make his Super League return in Saturday's derby with St Helens, the highlight of the opening day of the Magic Weekend at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.
Morley, who turned 36 earlier this month, made his comeback from a three-month lay-off with a ruptured bicep by playing for partner club Swinton in Sunday's Northern Rail Cup win over North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.
"It was a really worthwhile exercise," said Morley. “The arm felt great and I got a bit of match fitness under my belt which was the whole idea.
"I played 60 minutes, made a few tackles and got tackled a few times so I'm ready to rock and roll on Saturday if needed.
"I don't know what the coach is thinking but I trained with the boys today and I'd imagine I'll be in the mix somewhere. I can add something to the team I believe."
Morley concedes that St Helens' surprise 30-22 win at Leeds Rhinos last night, which ended a run of five defeats, has put a different perspective on the derby that will bring a close the opening day's action.
"We've built up a great rivalry with Saints over the last few years," Morley added.
"It was very lopsided for a while but we've picked up bit over the last couple of years.
"They're coming off a confidence-boosting win at Leeds and we're coming off a loss at home so it's going to be a great game and I can't wait to be involved.
"It's up to us to bounce back from our loss."
Morley is a fan of the Magic Weekend concept, in which all 14 Super League teams play on the same pitch over two days. After being held initially in Cardiff and Edinburgh, the event switched to Manchester 12 months ago.
"As a professional, you want to play at these big stadiums and the Etihad is a fantastic stadium," Morley said.
"I'm real big fan of the Magic Weekend and, because it's in Manchester, it's accessible for all the clubs."
With more than 65,000 tickets already sold, this weekend's event is already guaranteed to top last year's aggregate crowd of 63,716 and organisers have decided to open the North and South Stands to cope with the demand.
The last remaining unreserved tickets in the lower tier sold out earlier today, prompting Super League officials to put reserved tickets on sale in the previous closed sections of the areas behind both sets of posts.
The action kicks off at noon on Saturday with Catalan Dragons versus London Broncos and continues with the derbies between Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull FC and Hull KR before Warrington take on Saints at 7.30pm.
Salford City Reds kick off Sunday's programme against Widnes Vikings at 3pm and that is followed by the derby between Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield Giants before Super League leaders Wigan Warriors bring down the curtain with the showpiece clash against champions Leeds.