Teen talent could be key to the Lock

Sean O'Loughlin goes over for a try against Wakefield
Sean O'Loughlin goes over for a try against Wakefield

SHAUN Wane has put teenage halfback Jamie Doran on stand-by for a derby debut as he sweats on a number of injury worries.

The Warriors boss says he won’t be able to pick his team to face St Helens until after their final training session tomorrow.

Stand-off Sam Powell is battling a knee injury and if he is ruled out, Wane says he is “inclined” to give Cumbrian rookie Doran a debut in the derby showdown – rather than switch captain Sean O’Loughlin to the playmaker role.

Two other obvious candidates for the role – Blake Green and Ryan Hampshire – have been sidelined for the summer by injuries.

Wane said: “Sam’s a tough player, he’d normally put his hand up to train but he’s not doing at the minute.

“We’ll see how he is after Thursday’s session. If he can’t play, I might give out a debut to Jamie Doran, which I’m inclined to do. He’s been with us four years, he scored the winning try for the Under-19s at the weekend and he can play – he’s a good player.

“I may give a couple of debuts out, we’ll see how we go.

“The fact is, I don’t know what my team is at the minute – and I won’t know until Thursday afternoon.”

Wane says his provisional 19-man squad which he names today is likely to change once they have assessed their injured players tomorrow.