ANDY Coley has issued a chilling warning to the rest of Super League: Wigan will get better and better.
The Warriors are unbeaten after four rounds of the competition despite not really hitting their straps yet.
They followed an opening day draw against St Helens with victories against Bradford, Salford and Hull FC, and are hoping to stretch that good run when they travel to Huddersfield tomorrow night in a Sky Sports-televised encounter.
Coley – a member of Wigan’s leadership team – says the players have been happy to collect seven points from a possible eight, with a game in hand on 12 of their rivals.
But he is confident the champions will grow stronger as they address their flaws during training, and welcome back key players from injury and suspension over the coming weeks and months.
He said: “We’re reasonably happy to be unbeaten but we’re not too happy with the performances.
“They’ve been okay but not as good as we want, and there is plenty of room for improvement.
“There’s definitely more to come. Look at the players who are not playing – we have a lot of quality in the physio room.
“We’re happy with how we’re going, we know we can perform better without it being all-guns blazing now.
“It’s about building throughout the year and making sure we make our mark at the end.”
Australian recruit Brett Finch is likely to be the first of the injured stars to be fit, possibly in time for next Friday’s mouth-watering clash with Warrington.
Points machine Pat Richards is a further three weeks away, while Sam Tomkins will serve a one-match suspension for running in and punching during last weekend’s win over Hull.
Sam’s brother Joel will also miss the game through suspension, after his appeal against a two-game ban for elbowing Kirk Yeaman during the same game was thrown out last night by the RFL judiciary.
With Wigan down to the bare-bones, 20-year-old stand-off Joe Mellor has been recalled from his loan spell with Harlequins to bolster the squad, with Michael Maguire once again having to rely on the young players in his squad.
“There is diversity in the ages of the players, and the young guys are asking questions and we’re giving them answers,” said Coley.
“You look at the date of births of some of these lads and they’re in the 1990s – I was at High School then!
“But if they’re good enough then they’re old enough.”
Coley, meanwhile, will be making his 100th appearance for Wigan if he faces Huddersfield tomorrow.
Centre George Carmont is also in line to reach the century milestone in the same game.
“I didn’t realise that,” the former Salford prop said.
“But it’s come around quick and hopefully we can get the win on Friday night.
“Huddersfield have a good coach and a quality squad and it’ll be a physical game. Our defence will need to be spot on.
“Their halves and the forwards get on a roll if you let them they have the skill to throw the ball around on the back of that.”