Wane pours praise on his ‘outstanding’ players

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SHAUN Wane made no effort to hide his pride as he came to speak to the press after guiding Wigan Warriors to a record-extending 19th Challenge Cup win.

The 16-0 cup final victory over Hull FC means club chairman Ian Lenagan will add another year to the year-long extension which was announced earlier in the week but right now Wane oblivious to future plans.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane celebrates Wigan's Challenge Cup win

Warriors coach Shaun Wane celebrates Wigan's Challenge Cup win

“I’m not bothered,” he said when asked about the extension.

“I’m just happy to win today and I’m going to enjoy this - you can speak to Ian (Lenagan) about what happens in future.”

The Warriors had come under fire for a dip in Super League form on their way to Wembley but Wane asserted he was never bothered about what was being said outside the club.

“I don’t even consider the word pressure,” he said.

“ We just try our best in every training session, in every week, in every month and in every competition so whatever people say about pressure doesn’t bother me at all.”

But he did say he made his players aware of the Warriors’ proud history so that they would pay attention to the importance of the club’s Challenge Cup affiliation.

“The fact we have the best record in the Challenge Cup is something we embrace,” he said.

“I was very keen on making sure all the players know we are the most famous club in the world and I wanted them to write their own names in the history of the club.”

Wane also paid tribute to his captain Sean O’Loughlin, who lifted the Cup for the second time.

Wane said: “To come here and do this is an outstanding effort and to have my mate lift the trophy when he’s been here for years - he’s shown great loyalty. I can’t put into words how good I feel about it.”

Wane also confirmed centre Darrell Goulding was in hospital after leaving the field on a stretcher in the 56th minute but added that the concussion was not serious.