Wane salutes unsung heroes

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SHAUN Wane has deflected praise onto the unsung heroes on his coaching team.

The Warriors boss has been widely hailed for guiding the team to the top of the Super League ladder with a string of convincing performances.

The last two of those have seen Wigan post 92 points against last year’s two Grand Finalists, St Helens and Leeds, to stretch their winning streak to an incredible 11 matches.

But the man at the helm of his home-town club says he is “embarrassed” by the attention he has received while the efforts of other members of his staff go widely unnoticed.

He said: “It’s not a one-man show, and I do get a bit embarrassed that I’m the focal point sometimes, because there is a lot of work going on.

“My assistant coaches, Iestyn Harris and Paul Deacon, are terrific. The amount of work they put in – and the quality of the work – is exceptional.

“We meet and talk about how we’re going to break down teams. Everything we do, we do it together. We work really well together.

“Then we have guys like Russ MacFarlane (video analyst) who does a tremendous job.”

With their main challengers Warrington, Catalan, Huddersfield, Hull FC and Saints all dropping points at the weekend, the Warriors have moved three points clear at the top of the ladder and seen them widely tipped for glory. Legend Martin Offiah urged caution at the weekend by pointing out the Wolves finished last term empty handed, after finishing top of the ladder.

But Wane said: “Other people have said that, but what Warrington did, they did. That’s got nothing to do with us.

“I’m happy with how we’re going and there’s no way I’m going to worry about peaking early or anything like that. We’ll continue working hard and looking to improve.”