Wane: Fans’ interest in Isa will be high

Willie Isa is tackled by the Warriors' defence last season
Willie Isa is tackled by the Warriors' defence last season

NEW recruit Willie Isa is already impressing his new employers after his first week according to Shaun Wane.

The former Widnes utility clocked on for pre-season training this week with the rest of his Warriors colleagues not on international duty, and will get an early chance to stake his claim for a place in the side.

I’m going to look at him in the pre-season games but from what he’s shown us in training this week, the fans are going to love him.

Shaun Wane

Wane has pre-season friendlies at Leigh and Salford in January to use as a yardstick before the Super League season begins, and Isa will be lined-up for an assessment from his new boss.

“He looks fantastic so far,” said Wane.

“I’m going to look at him in the pre-season games but from what he’s shown us in training this week, the fans are going to love him.”

Wane makes no secret of the fact his standards are high, and what he expects of his players is well documented.

But the Warriors coach said early signs show Isa will cope with the demands at his new club.

“It’s not an easy club to be at and it’s very intense,” said Wane.

“It takes a certain sort of person to be here, but it looks like he’s going to fit in.”

“It takes a certain sort of person to be here, but it looks like he’s going to fit in.”

Warriors come back to work with a varied list of objectives for 2016, including the hunger to avenge last season’s defeats in the World Club Series against Brisbane and a little further on the horizon, the Grand Final.

And to do that Wane has said Warriors will ‘tweak’ certain areas of their game, though they aren’t pre-occupying themselves with worrying about how other clubs are using their time.

“All we are concentrating on is ourselves,” Wane said.

“We’ll get really good on things we do well and we practice on. We want to be the best in Super League.

“We’re going to slightly tweak a few things and get better at what we do.”

As well as getting into the groove of preparing for the new season Wane’s players have already held meeting to discuss the year ahead, and he is happy with how they are responding.

“Everyone gets what we want and where we want to be and we will smooth out those slight areas of concern,” he said.