Replacement for Goulding not on the list

Darrell Goulding is tackled by Danny Brough
Darrell Goulding is tackled by Danny Brough

SHAUN Wane last night confirmed he had no plans to recruit a replacement for Hull KR-bound Darrell Goulding.

As revealed in yesterday’s Evening Post, the centre is to end his nine-year stay with his hometown club and move to the Robins for next season on a three-year deal.

Wane says he keeps a constant look-out for quality players who can strengthen his squad.

But he does not intend to sign another three-quarter.

He reckons the Warriors have enough quality in current players Anthony Gelling, Dan Sarginson and Iain Thornley – and enough cover with the forwards who can play at centre, as well as the youngsters emerging from the Under-19s.

Wane said: “I’m happy with what I’ve got. We’ve got Ian and Sarge, and Gells as well, so we’ve got some good ones.

“Our back five these last few weeks have been outstanding. So there won’t be a rush to go and replace Darrell.”

Wigan are thought to have offered Goulding a contract extension, but couldn’t compete with Hull KR, who see him as a marquee recruit for 2015.

Wane has a long association with Goulding but understood why he has decided to move on.

“It’s good for him, he’s gone to a club which has given him a long-term contract. He has to look after his future.

“It’s a good thing for Darrell and his family.

“I’ve loved coaching him, he’s worked hard and he’s made the best with what he’s got and I admire him so much for that. He’s from a great family and he’s a gentleman.”

Goulding is the second Wigan player to confirm an exit, after Melbourne-bound Blake Green. Scott Taylor continues to be linked with a move to Hull FC.

Wane said: “Scott’s under contract here. I don’t know where the rumours are coming from but, until I hear otherwise from Kris (Radlinski, rugby manager) or Ian (Lenagan, chairman), he’ll be here.”

Goulding is fit to face London on Saturday, though Wane may prefer to stick with Gelling and Sarginson in his centres.

Meanwhile, Wane has all-but ruled Wigan out of the running for sacked Cronulla stand-off Todd Carney.

He has been linked with a move to Super League after being axed at the weekend when a picture appearing to show him urinating in his own mouth circulated on social media.

Asked if the Warriors planned to make a move, Wane replied: “I’m happy with what I’ve already got.”

Carney failed to get a visa to join Huddersfield in 2009 because of a previous criminal conviction.

Rookie referee Joe Cobb, from Newton-le-Willows, will take charge of Wigan’s game at London on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.