Wane set to return

Shaun Wane is set to return to Wigan. The former Central Park prop is the hot tip to take on the new Under 18s coaching job at the JJB Stadium.

And he is poised to re-new acquaintances with former team-mate Dean Bell to ensure Warriors' youth development continues in such a successful fashion.

Wane has been acting as a scout for the club for the past three years, concentrating on spotting talented youngsters playing on local amateur pitches throughout the parish.

But he is now poised to become more 'hands-on' and take charge of the new Under 18s set-up.

Wane, a former Great Britain forward who was part of the very successful Wigan set-up during the late 1980s, says he is most excited about his return to the fold.

He said: "Dean wants me on board and I'm really glad to be back.

"I have been scouting and helping out with the kids at Wigan for a few years, but hopefully this will be the more formal appointment I have been looking for. "

Wane believes the stars of the future are already starting to twinkle amongst the junior ranks at the JJB.

He points to prospects such as Simon Bissell and Chris Melling, while that famous rugby league dynasty called the Coyle family is set to continue its proud tradition with teenagers James and Thomas following in the Wigan footsteps of both dad and grandad.

Wane added: "I feel very excited about the future.

"A lot of these kids have great attitudes.

"They can tough it out there on the pitch if they have to, but are gentlemen off it, which is just as it should be.

"I will get a great big buzz from seeing some of these lads make it all the way into the first team."

Wane's post will be part-time allowing him to continue his job as an aggregate specialist with Tarmac.

Warriors chairman Maurice Lindsay is expected to rubber-stamp the appointment on his return from Australia early next month.