Wane to hand youngsters a chance

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SHAUN Wane has promised to give Wigan’s young three-quarters every chance to prove they are ready to succeed Pat Richards at the end of this season.

The coach will need a new left winger when Richards heads back to NRL outfit Wests after eight years with the Warriors.

Wane will have the option of bringing in a replacement.

But he will first see if Joe Burgess, Lewis Tierney and Dominic Manfredi deserve the chance before looking elsewhere.

He said: “I’m looking at the young players we have, that’s genuinely going to happen.

“We have some good players there who have come through our academy system – and Anthony Gelling is still in the mix – and if we think they’re ready and capable to take that next step, then they’ll get it.

“If not, we’ll look elsewhere.”

Burgess, Tierney and Manfredi were awarded full-time first-team contracts this year and are waiting to make their senior debuts.

Warriors have been linked with Salford’s Jodie Broughton in other quarters, but that interest was only thought to be tentative, and he is set to join Huddersfield.