Lenagan ‘confident’ of reserves comp

Ian Lenagan
Ian Lenagan

PLANS for a new reserves competition involving Wigan may be tied down within weeks.

Warriors and several other clubs - including Warrington and St Helens - are planning to field second-teams from 2016.

I’m quite confident it will happen and we’ll certainly be involved

Ian Lenagan

No further details have come to light, with less than two months until the start of the new Super League season.

But Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan doesn’t expect any setbacks with setting-up a reserves.

“There’s been some progress, we know what we need to do it’s just sorting out the finer details,” he said.

“I’m quite confident it will happen and we’ll certainly be involved.”

Last year’s structure left many fringe players out in the cold, and coach Shaun Wane criticised the system for stalling their development.

Anyone too old for the Under-19s could only get game-time on loan or on dual registration with a lower-league club such as Workington.

But the week-to-week arrangement effectively stopped when the Super 8s phase began at the end of July, leaving players such as Lewis Tierney with nowhere to play.

Super League clubs won’t be forced to field reserve teams and it’s thought the delay in confirming details of the competition surround issues such as how many teams will be involved, and how often they will play.

Only this week, Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington criticised the RFL, saying the current structure failed to provide a strong pathway for young player development.