Wane backs Taylor for Wildcats clash

Scott Taylor in action here against Widnes
Scott Taylor in action here against Widnes

SHAUN Wane has backed Scott Taylor to make his mark this weekend after recalling him to the Warriors team.

The 22-year-old has failed to muscle into the 17-man squad for the past two weeks, with Wane preferring Ben Flower, Lee Mossop, Epa Lauaki and Dom Crosby as his four front-rowers. Instead, Taylor - recruited from Hull KR in the off-season - has played two matches on dual-registration for Championship outfit Leigh.

But Wane insists he always expected him to take time to find his feet at the club, and has no doubts he will be a great acquisition.

He plans to give him another chance in Sunday’s match at Wakefield as the Warriors look for their 12th straight victory.

“I’m going to look at Scott this week,” said Wane. “He is a talented player but he’s come from a different environment to us. We never expected him to be the finished article yet. This is a different environment, and it takes time to settle in.

“He does a lot of good things with the ball, but there have been some areas we’ve wanted him to work on, and he’s gone away and done that. He’s still only a young man, he’s a good player already and he’s going to get better. He’s hungry to learn - his attitude has been spot on.”

Meanwhile, Wane is hoping to today but a time frame on Sean O’Loughlin’s recovery from a knee injury after the captain underwent further tests.

The Evening Post revealed yesterday he was doubtful for Sunday’s away game. The early indications are the 30-year-old will be sidelined for two to three weeks, said Wane, and he will not require surgery.

Greg Burke is in the frame to come in and replace the skipper at loose forward.