Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane says he is ‘very wary’ of the threat posed by big-spending Salford Red Devils and can’t wait for his side to come up against them.
The 49-year-old, who steered the Warriors to a Grand Final and Challenge Cup double in 2013, said you cannot underestimate Brian Noble’s men.
He said: “Salford are certainly going to be ever so strong and I am convinced they are going to go well.
“I cannot wait to play them – especially at their place. I was a bit sceptical when Marwan Koukash bought the club and outlined his plans but he is clearly a man of his word.
“He is also very ambitious and he clearly means business. He has been good for the game and good on Salford for what they have done because we need a very competitive Super League.
“You only need look at the make-up of the squad for proof that they are going to be a force. It may take them a while to really hit their straps but once they are really up and running, it’s a case of watch out.
“You have to be if you want to stay on top. Every club has to be wary. Salford have two of my former players in their ranks – Harrison Hansen and Gareth Hock – and I know just how good they are.
“They are top class and they are used to winning. There is just so much class throughout the squad you cannot help but be cautious. I am sure the atmosphere at their home games is going to be very special – we cannot wait.”