SHAUN Wane has jetted to America ahead of the start of the squad’s warm-weather training camp later this week.
The Warriors boss and an advanced party has visited American Football heavyweights Dallas Cowboys on a fact-finding mission.
Wane, assistant coach Iestyn Harris and head of sports science Mark Bitcon also planned to call in on the Dallas Mavericks basketball outfit to seek new ideas.
But it’s the trip to the Cowboys’ set-up which excited Wane.
“They’re one of the world’s most iconic sports clubs,” said the coach, who has visited NRL, AFL, football and rugby union outfits in the past.
They will fly out to Florida tonight and link-up with rugby manager Kris Radlinski, and they will be the welcoming committee for the players’ arrival on Thursday.
In their absence, assistant coach Paul Deacon has been left to oversee training at the Warriors’ Orrell base.
The entire first-team squad will spend 10 days at the same facility they used 12 months ago.
The England international players – Lee Mossop, Josh Charnley, Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin, Mike McIlorum and Gareth Hock – haven’t yet reported back since their international commitments, but will all be heading to the USA.
Although the new Super League season only kicks-off in February, Wigan will soon be into their pre-season programme.
They face Leigh on January 6, Hull KR on Jan 13 and Warrington on the 26th in a match which will double as Ben Westwood’s testimonial.
And they are also expected to travel to Salford in a January trial game.
Two of those friendlies will act as dress-rehearsals to the start of their season – Wigan will face the Reds and the Wolves in their opening two Super League fixtures!
There had also been speculation the Warriors may face Saracens in a game under hybrid rules next month, but that idea has been put on ice.