SHAUN Wane admits he will be keeping an eye out on the rugby union World Cup for possible ‘code-breakers’.
While the Warriors boss is not actively seeking to recruit new players, he admits he is constantly on the look out for potential targets.
I’ve watched Canadian ice hockey – I think they play physically, they have the mentality to play rugby league – I’d love to have a go at one of themShaun Wane
And he is “keen” to cast his net outside of league, revealing he attempted to sign an American Football player earlier this year! The union World Cup begins a week tomorrow and while Wane admits stars from the heavyweight nations are out of Wigan’s reach due to salary cap restraints, he will be following the competition to see if any players catch his eye.
He said: “I take the goodness out of every game I watch, I watch from a coaching point of view.
“I do the same with rugby union and see if there are players which would fit us.
“If it was Romania versus Canada I’d watch it. And if I see anyone, I’d be keen to go down that road.” Wane is even fond of the idea of moulding an athlete from another sport into a rugby league player.
“I did have a look at an American Footballer this year but we couldn’t get him over at the right time,” he revealed.
“I’ve watched Canadian ice hockey – I think they play physically, they have the mentality to play rugby league – I’d love to have a go at one of them.
“I’m very keen to look at other sports. I like it.”
The Warriors boss favours signing players he can develop, rather than established stars. And while Andy Powell’s code-switch proved short-lived, Taulima Tautai, Ben Flower, Dan Sarginson, and Tony Clubb joined from clubs at the bottom of Super League, while Anthony Gelling was playing lower-league in New Zealand.
“They have a lot to learn and we can change how they train and play, and buy into our culture,” he said.
Wane has named an unchanged 19-man squad for tomorrow’s visit of Hull FC.
But he will make a call on Sean O’Loughlin after team run today. Gelling and Joe Burgess – who missed out in the 42-16 win against Catalans last Saturday – are expected to come back into the frame.
If O’Loughlin misses out, Gelling may replace him in the squad – with John Bateman reverting to the backrow after six matches in the centre.
Josh Charnley or Dom Manfredi are set to make way for Burgess.
Hull FC, who can’t reach the play-offs spots, have named a string of youngsters in their squad.