Wane’s bid to cut out the mistakes

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SHAUN Wane hopes Wigan will be “a different team” in 2016 on the back of fresh changes to their training schedule.

The coach is currently overseeing a gruelling pre-season for his first-team squad.

And he has put a big emphasis on cutting out their errors by tweaking what they do on the pitch at their Edge Hall Road base.

While Wane describes the changes as “minor”, he hopes they have a big impact on their performances next season.

He said: “We’re tweaking a few things to make us better, and repping it, and repping it.

“We’re making minor changes, they’re only small, but they will hopefully make a big difference to how we attack and defend.

Some of the errors we made were unacceptable, and if we can reduce our handling errors and penalties by 10 per cent, we’ll be a different team

Shaun Wane

“I was happy with how we attacked last year, but our skill can improve.

“Some of the errors we made were unacceptable, and if we can reduce our handling errors and penalties by 10 per cent, we’ll be a different team.”

The new campaign still seems a long way off but with just eight weeks before the opening game – and with two friendlies and Christmas before then – Wane knows they will soon be thick into the action.

He describes their pre-season schedule as “intense”, on their bodies and minds.

“We’re having loads of team meetings, there’s a lot of video, everyone is having loads of work put into them,” he said.

“These last few weeks have been very intense, and for the players there’s a lot to take in, a lot of mental stuff to challenge the players.

“The attitude has been superb. I’m really happy where we’re at.” Wigan have reached the last two Grand Finals but haven’t lifted a piece of silverware since completing the double in 2013.

And Wane said: “The lads seem hungry to me - they look frustrated that they’ve had nothing. That’s the way I feel, and we know exactly what we need to do.”

The Evening Post revealed a week ago how Wane has shelved plans to take his squad to America. He will take them to an army camp before Christmas instead.

His five England internationals are yet to return to training.