Manfredi gets the nod after Joe blow

Dom Manfredi in action against Bradford
Dom Manfredi in action against Bradford

DOM Manfredi has a chance to strengthen his first-team claims – with Joe Burgess likely to be out of action until September.

Manfredi scored a second-half double in last Friday’s 56-10 rout of Hull FC, taking his tally to eight tries in 10 appearances this year.

The 20-year-old was third-choice winger behind Burgess and England World Cup ace Josh Charnley.

Now with Burgess sidelined, he can fill the void as Wigan step up their assault on Super League’s top-spot.

He said: “It was good to get back in against Hull, I’ve been playing on dual-registration for Workington and it has been okay, but nothing compared to this.

“Joe’s out for a bit and it gives me a chance to fill his spot.”

Wane was today hoping to get a more detailed time-frame on Burgess’ recovery from a knee injury he suffered at Catalan.

If specialists feel he can rehab it without surgery, the coach reckons he will be absent for around six weeks. But any operation would stretch that recovery closer to nine weeks.

The setback is cruel on 19-year-old Burgess, who has scored 19 tries in 22 appearances this season and is a frontrunner for the Super League Young Player of the Year award. He also earned a place in England’s training squad.

“He’s out for at least six weeks. It could be longer if it’s an operation,” said Wane.

“It’s a shame but it’s life, and we get on with it. Now, Dom has a chance.”

Wane stressed that, while Manfredi lost his place to Charnley once he had recovered from injury, he holds the Leigh-born youngster in high regard.

“I’m a big fan of all three, fighting for the two spots, and I rate them all very highly,” he said.

“Dom’s a good player, I like him. He went to Workington with a great attitude and did well, and he deserved his chance.”

Full-back Lewis Tierney is another who has had a spell on dual-registration for the Championship outfit. He scored a sizzling try last Friday and, though he may drop out of the frame for Sunday’s trip to Bradford, he has caught Wane’s eye.

“He did well, I was quite impressed with him,” he added.