Boss Wane will take dual control

Stock shot Shaun Wane Wigan Coach
Stock shot Shaun Wane Wigan Coach

SHAUN Wane has yet to decide which of his young-guns may be poised for stints in the Championship in 2012.

The Warriors have made full use of dual-registrations since it was introduced two years ago.

And Wane concedes he is likely to use the system again next term to help accelerate the development of his younger players.

But he has no players yet lined-up for moves and will use their form in next month’s pre-season friendlies, as well as how they fare in training, to decide who would benefit from spells elsewhere.

He said: “I’ve no one in mind yet. I want a full pre-season with the lads first, I want them understanding the systems here.

“I’m sure there will be some who we’d rather play at Championship level rather than Under-20s, but who they are, nothing’s fixed yet.

“It’s how they perform in pre-season which will dictate whether they get the chance here and when.”

Wane’s full-time, 33-man squad includes 10 promising youngsters – Joe Mellor, Jack Hughes, Matt Russell, Logan Tomkins, Sam Powell, Ryan King, Greg Burke, Tom Spencer, Dom Crosby and Liam Carberry.

Only two of those – Hughes and Crosby – have tasted senior action so far.

Some of them went on dual-registrations last year, including Tomkins, Mellor (Widnes) and Hughes (Barrow), while the year earlier Josh Charnley – now an established senior star – had a spell at Blackpool.

The system allows players to turn out for a lower-level outfit and gain experience, with the parent club able to recall them on a week-by-week basis.

Loans, by contrast, must be for a minimum period of a month, and understandably coaches can be reluctant to off-load players for such a length of time in case injuries, suspensions or dips in form bite into their squad while they are away.

Widnes’ return to the Super League for 2012 has denied Wigan the chance of calling on the Vikings for a convenient destination of their dual-registration players. Wane has already looked at alternatives including one of assistant coach Iestyn Harris’ former clubs, Featherstone.

Wane added: “Widnes was ideal for us.

“Obviously it’s close by and we know (Vikings coach) Denis Betts well.

“But we’ll sort it. We’ve still got Leigh and, further afield, Featherstone and some other good clubs.”

l FANS are reminded that Warriors’ final Roadshow of 2011 will take place at Sainsbury’s Supermarket at Marus Bridge from 2pm tomorrow.