Smith backing himself to shine
Wigan Warriors scrum-half Matty Smith is confident he can emulate the club's great number sevens and be successful.
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The former Salford City Red linked up with Wigan last season following an injury to Thomas Leuluai, who has now joined the New Zealand Warriors.
Wigan were 80 minutes away from reaching the Grand Final at Old Trafford before a 13-12 loss to eventual champions Leeds Rhinos ended their season at the DW Stadium.
Smith will be head coach Shaun Wane's first-choice scrum half this season and the ex-St Helens playmaker will be following in the footsteps of Andy Gregory, Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards to wear the shirt.
"There have been a lot of great players wearing the No 7 here, so no pressure then!" he told the Wigan Observer.
"But seriously, I feel privileged to have that shirt now, and believe I can do it justice. I believe I can be successful."
Smith was pleased enough with his 2012 campaign for Wigan, but hopes to go one better in the new season.
"Last season went better than I thought for myself," he added. "From day one the lads were brilliant with me.
"Tommy was a fantastic player and he and (Brett Finch) got the team into the position they were in, they did all the hard work, and to come in and play a couple of games at seven, I was happy with that.
"But I'm glad I've got the No 7 now and I can concentrate on running the team and getting them around the park."