Charnley told to ‘take his chance quickly’

Josh Charnley will keep his place against Widnes
Josh Charnley will keep his place against Widnes

JOSH Charnley has been handed a chance to prove he is one of the world’s best wingers.

But he has been warned he must perform against Widnes on Friday night or risk losing his spot to fit-again Dom Manfredi.

England flyer Charnley made a try-scoring return to the side in last Thursday’s 26-24 win against Leeds.

But Wane said: “I wasn’t blown away. I still think there’s lots of improvement in him.

“I like Josh a lot, but if he doesn’t take his chance quick he’s going to be out.

“I know what his potential is and it’s a lot better than what he’s delivering. On his day he can be the best in the world.

“He sets his standard, he wants to be the best winger in the world. So he knows exactly what he needs to do.”

Manfredi, when fit, has been preferred ahead of Charnley this summer but was forced out last week after rolling his ankle in training. With Joe Burgess in scorching form on the left wing, Manfredi and Charnley are duelling for the one role on the right.

“Dom is fit, so I’ll see how Josh goes this week. He’s got another chance,” said Wane.

Centre Dan Sarginson may miss out due to a hamstring injury and Matty Bowen is set to be rested, with Ryan Hampshire replacing him at full-back.