Why Manfredi is going to get even better

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HE averages a try a game but Dom Manfredi has yet to fulfil his true potential.

That’s the exciting verdict of coach Shaun Wane as they step up their preparations for the new campaign.

Manfredi has scored 33 tries in as many appearances since breaking onto the scene in the 2013 double-winning season.

But, with Joe Burgess gone, this is the first time he can look forward to an extended run in the side.

And Wane expects the likelihood of more appearances – and an impressive run in pre-season – point to a big year ahead for the Leigh-born flyer.

“He’s been fantastic this pre-season,” enthused Wane.

“Anthony Gelling hass been really good, but I think Dom has been the man in pre-season.

“He’s a perfect example of a Wigan player – he’s tough, words hard, uncompromising, and a nice kid off the field.

“He’s already done good things for us and, now he’s got a starting number and once he gets some games under his belt, he’ll get better and better.”

Manfredi featured 18 times last season as he jostled with Josh Charnley for the right wing spot.

But the 22-year-old is highly-rated by Wane, who expects to call on his opinion as the season unfolds.

“If Dom Manfredi is killing it, I’ll get him in my office and ask his opinion on things,” he said.

Wane has disbanded the formal leadership group in place of a more fluid arrangement.

It’s part of a plan for more players to take on extra responsibility.

Sean O’Loughlin will continue as captain but Wane has opted against appointing a formal vice-captain.

“I’m not into all that,” he added. “If Lockers isn’t playing, it’d probably be Joel, Micky or Faz, more than likely.

“But I’ll make a call at the time.”