Wilkin: We need to cast a spell

St Helens' Jon Wilkin (left) and Warrington Wolves' Chris Hill during the media launch of the 2015 Magic Weekend at St James' Park, Newcastle
St Helens' Jon Wilkin (left) and Warrington Wolves' Chris Hill during the media launch of the 2015 Magic Weekend at St James' Park, Newcastle

SKIPPER Jon Wilkin is relishing the prospect of leading out Saints for their Magic Weekend clash against Warrington Wolves at St James’ Park.

The Newcastle venue is a stadium he describes as ‘ one of the most iconic sporting venues in the country.’

Wilkin, who was born 
and raised 40 or so miles 
further down the east 
coast on Humberside, believes the North East public will 
buy into the two-day extravaganza and ticket sales so 
far suggest this will be the case.

He said:’’As a player, 
I would love to see the 
people of the North East 
really take to this and to 
get some of the Newcastle United and Sunderland fans coming to add the atmosphere they are so famous for up there.

“Newcastle Thunder are 
on the up again and that 
is great to see, and there is 
actually a good rugby league heritage in this part of 
the world which is not 
always widely acknowledged.”

Wilkin appears to be a 
fan of the concept, and has 
experience of Magic Weekends in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester.

‘’For any person who has not been to a Magic Weekend before they will experience a real carnival atmosphere in which all sets of fans mingle together,” he said.

“It is a fabulous family event which ticks a lot of boxes, it is affordable and there is real colour around it with fans from 12 different clubs converging on the same venue.

“It is also a huge opportunity for Newcastle, and for the sport of rugby league. Lots of cities were vying to host this, but Newcastle won the decision.”