Manchester a good location for Magic Weekend - Phil Veivers

Salford coach Phil Veivers is expecting increased attendances at the Magic Weekend because it will be staged in Manchester for the first time.

The sixth annual event takes place at the Etihad Stadium, which is under 10 miles from the Reds' new home.

Veivers told BBC North West Tonight: "Not all the fans could travel to Murrayfield or the Millennium Stadium.

"It's up in the north west, it's not as far to travel and hopefully we'll get a lot more through the gates."

Veivers continued: "It's brilliant because you get seven different games and 14 different lots of fans all coming to the same place.

"There's never an ounce of trouble, they all enjoy a drink and having a bit of fun and a bit of banter."

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium hosted the first two Magic Weekends in 2007 and 2008, as well as last year, while Murrayfield staged the event in 2009 and 2010.

Salford, currently 10th in Super League, face Huddersfield on Sunday and are looking to close a six-point gap between themselves and the play-off places.

Veivers, who took permanent control of first-team affairs last November, said his team should be lying higher in the table at the mid-way point of the season.

"There are probably three more games that we feel we should have won," said the former St Helens player. "If we had got them, I would have been happy with where we're at.

"We're probably six or seven points down so in the back end of the season we've got to try and claw those points back."

The Reds had lost five consecutive Super League matches before their 20-20 draw against Bradford on Friday.

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