Chance for players to cement their spots

Oliver Gildart is one of three centres who will be jostling for two positions next week

Oliver Gildart is one of three centres who will be jostling for two positions next week

Shaun Wane says tomorrow’s Cup match is a golden chance for players to cement their first-team places.

Several reinforcements are due back from injury within the next few days, including the long-awaited return of Sam Tomkins.

The former Man of Steel is set to feature against Hull FC next Friday – and the knock-on effect means one of the current centres is likely to be squeezed out of the frame. Dan Sarginson has been covering at full-back with Oliver Gildart and Anthony Gelling in the centres.

Wane’s focus is on tomorrow’s Challenge Cup match at Dewsbury but he concedes the players have a great opportunity to catch his eye, before he makes some difficult selection decisions next week.

He said: “I want some tough decision to make, I’ve not made any yet – our physio has picked our team from the start of the year!

“But Olly Gildart is doing a fantastic job. Sam’s only a game away so there’s pressure on Olly and Sarginson to get the best of them.”

Sean O’Loughlin and Dom Manfredi return from injury for tomorrow’s tie against Championship side Dewsbury.

England halfback George Williams will be reinstated to the starting line-up, after making his comeback from a back injury from the bench in the 40-10 loss to Warrington.

He replaces Nick Gregson, who has filled the stand-off role for the past four games. Wane said: “Nick has done a fantastic job but he’s a back-rower. It’s been good experience for him and if anything every happens to Matty and George again I know I can rely on him.

“That’s the beauty of this period. Man for man we’ve suffered more than everybody else with injuries.

“But it’s given me a chance to look at Nick, and long term this will have done him the world of good.

“But George is my half and he will be back in this week.”