IT’S the only month when none of his players are in action, but Shaun Wane has identified December as being vitally important to their trophy hunt next year.
While his World Cup stars are enjoying well-earned breaks, most of the squad are deep into pre-season training.
Wigan will again travel to a training camp in Florida early next month.
And Wane knows they will soon be into the thick of the action when they get back – which is why he is cramming so much into the next three weeks.
He said: “In January we’re off to Orlando for a couple of weeks, then we’ll come back, have three or four friendlies and we’re straight into it.
“Our first Super League game is on February 7 (against Huddersfield) and then we fly to Sydney for the World Club Challenge, so it’ll be pretty full on next year.
“And that’s why December is massively important to us, because it’s a chance to get our real hard work done.”
Wigan have arranged a friendly against London Skolars on January 24. Trials against St Helens and Leigh are also set to be confirmed.
Fitness and strength training has been complemented by “lots of skill” during training.
“The new lads have been quite shocked,” smiled Wane. “But they’re getting into our system.”
Hooker Mike McIlorum has had a back injury – suffered while on England – scanned, and been told it is not serious.