Learning curve for Wane’s stars

Dominic Manfredi with the ball against Leigh
Dominic Manfredi with the ball against Leigh

Josh Charnley will be handed a chance to redeem himself in front of Shaun Wane on Sunday.

Wane dropped the England winger for last Sunday’s victory over Wakefield and understudy Dom Manfredi will return to the sidelines for Warriors’ clash at Castleford.

Although Charnley is in the fold, that doesn’t mean to say Manfredi, 19, won’t get more chances to impress the boss.

“Josh will play this weekend because Dom Manfredi didn’t do enough to warrant me picking him again,” said Wane.

“There are very high standards at this club in how you play and train and Josh will get a chance to impress me 
this weekend.”

Manfredi took a chance to score at the DW Stadium last Sunday but Wane feels the youngster could have handled certain areas of his second Super League outing differently - but the coach was quick to point out the future remains very bright for the winger.

“I think I could have scored that try,” said Wane.

“There are other things I wanted him to do - technical things - but he is going to be a great player for us. He is still only a baby and he needs to learn the technical side of being a winger.

“He fell down a few times with that but its a learning curve for him.”

The Wigan ranks is brimming with fresh-faced talent this term, including 19-year-old Joe Burgess on the opposite wing who has crossed the whitewash every time he has taken to the field this year.

And with Burgess’ development in mind, Wane admits he will rest the rocket-fulled flyer at some point soon - though he will feature again this week.

Wane explained: “I thought Burgess was outstanding last week.

“He only has a couple more games in the first team and then I’ll be giving him a break from the intensity of Super League .”

Wane also faces the same dilemma with others.

“I’m quite hard faced and I think I know the right time when to leave Dan Sarginson, John Bateman and Joe out,” he said.