Wane’s American dream

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane is to ditch the military training in favour of a warm-weather training camp in America to help his team prepare for their 2012 assault.

But players can forget any ideas that the USA trip will be a chance to see the sights and catch some winter sun!

Wane has promised them it will be every bit as tough and testing as the last two pre-season trips in this country.

Former coach Michael Maguire arranged a torturous exercise with the Army ahead of his first campaign in charge.

And he backed that up earlier this year with a long weekend training alongside Royal Marine Commandos in Scotland.

Players later described them as among the hardest experiences of their lives. Wane, preparing for his first season as a head coach, considered staging a third successive camp in this country but instead opted for a week-long trip to Florida.

He reckons it will combine the best of the ‘military’ experiences while also providing the perfect setting – and climate – to sharpen up their skills with the ball.

Wane and the rest of the coaching staff will also be visiting American Football clubs and UFC training camps to scout for new ideas and training methods.

He said: “The military camps were great but we want to keep things fresh.

“This camp will still be a hard week for them, we’re going to push them physically and mentally, while it also allow us to get out onto the pitch and do some ball work.

“We’re going to take in a few NFL games and a UFC training camp as well. It’ll be tough, believe me.”

The camp has been planned for mid-December, just a few weeks after the Four Nations Final at Elland Road on November 19 which is likely to involve either New Zealand’s Thomas Leuluai or England’s Sam Tomkins and Mike McIlorum.

Traditionally the international players have been given six weeks off after their last game but Wane wants them on board with the rest of the squad in the USA.

He said: “They’ll get a bit of a break but they’ll be coming with us.

“We’re aware that they’ve got the Four Nations games so we will manage that when we’re there.”

Many clubs stage their training camps in January but Wane added: “We want to have it early so that when everyone comes back they’re ready to rip in and go.”