A SMALL piece of Wigan history looks set to be made tomorrow night when the Farrell brothers, Liam and Connor, line-up alongside each other for the first time.
Connor has been knocking on the first-team door for several weeks. And the 20-year-old is set to be handed a chance to impress in the rearranged Super League clash against Widnes at the DW Stadium – with young hooker Callum Wright also in the frame for his bow. Wane has drafted many academy graduates during his time as coach.
And there will be strong interest in Connor’s first appearance for his hometown club, given his brother Liam is an England World Cup forward.
Wane said: “I’m excited to see how he goes, I’m looking forward to it.
“Connor has the same mannerisms as Faz, the same running style.
“He’s got a short temper, he’s very competitive, and fans will like the way he plays.
“I want to see them both on the pitch at the same time.”
If the duo take to the field together, they will become the latest set of brothers to play alongside each other for Wigan.
Sam Tomkins played with both his brothers, Joel and Logan – though all three only played together once, in a pre-season friendly at Warrington.
And before then, siblings Kevin and Tony Iro, Kevin and Keiron O’Loughlin, as well as Billy and Jack Blan, starred in the same line-ups.
Both Coyle brothers, Thomas and James, both played for Wigan but not in the same team.
Meanwhile, Under-19s hooker Wright may earn a bench spot as George Williams continues his rehab from a hamstring injury suffered in the warm-up before Friday’s 46-6 victory against Castleford.
“I might put Callum on the bench, so it could be two debuts on Wednesday,” added Wane. “He’s a good kid, he defends tough, and he’s earned a chance.”
As revealed in yesterday’s Evening Post, fit-again Josh Charnley has come back into the frame to replace Joe Burgess, who has joined the England training squad in Loughborough.
Matty Bowen (hamstring) and Ryan Hampshire (shoulder) picked up injuries last Friday – the latter is expected to be out for several weeks – meaning centre Dan Sarginson could switch to the No.1 role, with Darrell Goulding replacing him in the three-quarters.
Ex-Warrior Cameron Phelps returns from injury to be included in Widnes’ squad.
Warriors’ 19-man squad: Bateman, Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, C Farrell, L Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, James, Manfredi, McIlorum, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Wright
Widnes’ 19-man squad: Ah Van, Allen, brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Galea, Gerrard, Gore, Flynn, Isa, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.