Wane might not bring in new assistant

Joel Tomkins will take on some coaching duties
Joel Tomkins will take on some coaching duties
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SHAUN Wane has given some of his key players coaching duties - and revealed he may not replace departed assistant Paul Deacon.

Warriors have spent this week adjusting to life without the former GB scrum-half, who left to take up a role with Sale Sharks RU.

Lockers and Matty have been doing bits already, and Micky and Joel are keen to get into coaching

Shaun Wane

Wane has said he won’t rush into a decision and is using Deacon’s surprise exit as a chance to give some of his senior players a step towards a future coaching career.

Sean O’Loughlin and Matty Smith, who already had junior roles, will shoulder some more senior responsibilities.

And Joel Tomkins and Micky McIlorum are also taking on board coaching duties.

“I’m very comfortable with what I’ve got,” said Wane.

“Lockers and Matty have been doing bits already, and Micky and Joel are keen to get into coaching.

“We can use them, they work our days, clip games, speak in team meetings - it’s a great experience for them.”

Wane also has another highly-rated assistant, John Winder, who has taken on more responsibilities.

Rugby manager Kris Radlinski is drawing up a list of potential candidates to replace Deacon.

But Wane added: “I’m probably not going to make an appointment this season.

“I might not even make one.”