SHAUN Wane predicts he will hand out three debuts to youngsters in 2016.
The Warriors boss has been impressed with the way the academy graduates who he promoted to his squad have adapted to the full-time ranks.
Six players with squad numbers – Nick Gregson, Jake Shorrocks, Joe Bretherton, Jack Higginson, Gabriel Fell and Luke Waterworth – have yet to play senior rugby league.
“They’ve settled in well, they’ve all got good attitudes and I’m happy with where they are at,” said Wane.
“We’ve had a couple of blips, which you’d expect, because you can’t have a minute off in our sessions.
“If you do you get burned, and they’ve been through all that.
“But they’ve responded well and they’ve come to understand what being here is about.”
A year ago Wane warned that the greater intensity of the new Super League structure – with the Super 8s and a slimmed-down play-offs – would make him less inclined to hand youngsters a chance.
And that proved the case with only one academy player, Oliver Gildart, debuting in 2015.
But with a new reserves competition coming to fruition, Wane believes it will be easier to make judgement calls on players next season.
“Potentially we’ve got this new comp’ so we can keep our eye on them, it’ll be easier for us,” added Wane.
“I’m very happy with the young kids who’ve come into the first-team and I can see three of them making a debut this season.”