JOE Burgess is back in the frame – with Shaun Wane confident he will respond from his “rocket”.
The winger may come back into the team for Friday’s visit of Hull FC.
Hopefully being dropped – and being told he may be playing for Workington – will do the trickShaun Wane
Burgess was dropped for last week’s trip to Castleford after a shaky start to the season.
Tries against Brisbane and Hull KR were overshadowed by costly mistakes in both contests, prompting Wane to take him out of the firing line.
Dom Manfredi got the nod on the left edge last Friday as Warriors whimpered to their third straight competitive defeat – and the heaviest of Wane’s time in charge.
Burgess had been pencilled in to play for partnering club Workington in a Championship match at London on Sunday.
But after the 42-14 loss to the Tigers, Wane withdrew him to keep him fresh for this Friday’s encounter.
And while he stopped short of saying he will definitely be recalled, he says Burgess is in the picture – and hopes being dropped last week has given him a wake-up call.
He said: “Hopefully being dropped – and being told he may be playing for Workington – will do the trick.
“Joe’s a great player and I’ve every faith in him.
“He’s still young and maybe he needed a rocket.
“But I’ve every confidence in him if I go with him this weekend.”
Wane doesn’t believe Burgess has been distracted by the prospect of moving to Sydney Roosters at the end of the season. The 20-year-old was one of the success stories of last year, making the left-wing role his own following Pat Richards’ departure and scoring 25 tries in 27 appearances.
He scored in both the World Club Challenge and the Grand Final, and toured Down Under with England for the Four Nations.
If he is recalled, many would expect it to be at Manfredi’s expense, although Josh Charnley’s 100th Super League game wasn’t without drama – he scored two tries but also made mistakes.
The picture should become clearer when Wane names his 19-man provisional squad tomorrow afternoon.
Prop Dom Crosby may be back from injury, but the Warriors boss says wholesale changes are unlikely.
“Probably not,” he added.
“I’m confident in my players, I know what they can do and they want to fix it.”