Wane set to sign new deal

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SHAUN Wane is poised to put pen to paper on a new deal.

He has held talks with Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan about extending his stay beyond this season, when his current deal expires.

And an agreement has been reached which will see Wane sign on for another two or three years.

Confirmation should be made once the formalities have been completed, ahead of the start of their Super League defence on February 7. Wane said: “We’ve agreed a new contract in principle, which I’m very happy about.

“The club has great structures in place and great staff here, and I’m really positive about the future.”

After succeeding Michael Maguire into the hot-seat ahead of the 2012 season, Wane guided Wigan to the league leaders’ shield in his first season.

And he backed that up by winning a stunning Challenge Cup and Grand Final double in 2013.

The last of those victories has earned them a glamour tie against Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge next month.

Those achievements were made all the more impressive as they came against a backdrop of critics writing off their chances, following the loss of a clutch of big-name stars.

Wane has become a popular figure with fans, and not just for the team’s success on the pitch.

His honest, frank opinions – and his willingness to promote homegrown players – have endeared him to many supporters.

Though Lenagan declined to comment today, he has previously made no secret of the fact he was happy for Wane to remain in charge as long as he can deliver a trophy every other year.

Wane is the first Wiganer to take charge of his hometown club since Mike Gregory was head coach.

A former prop for the Cherry and Whites, he cut his teeth as a scout, junior coach and assistant before being given the top role.

If Wane stays in charge for six years, he will become Wigan’s longest-serving coach since legend Eric Ashton’s decade-long reign ended in 1973.