SHAUN Wane has asked Warriors fans to consider ‘the bigger picture’ as the club prepares to take a Super 8s clash to London.
Wigan will take their ‘home’ tie against Catalans Dragons to Millwall FC’s The Den on Saturday September 5.
And despite some Wigan fans expressing frustration with the club’s decision to take a home game south, Wane is backing the Warriors faithful to turn out in force and embrace the event.
“I’m looking forward to it – I think there are lots of positives,” he told the Evening Post.
“We took 4,000 Sydney so this short trip to London should be quite easy.
“I’m expecting the Wigan fans to turn out, get behind us and make it a fantastic concept - and there’s a huge French contingent in London so they’ll get behind it and make it an important game.”
I’m expecting the Wigan fans to turn out, get behind us and make it a fantastic conceptShaun Wane
Wane is a keen advocate of the push to take rugby league to new venues to grow interest in the sport – such as this year’s Magic Weekend in Newcastle.
And he believes a successful event against Catalans could act as a springboard for positives on and off the field.
“There’s a bigger picture,” he said. “To get our great game, and I believe we’ve got the best game in the world, down to the capital and all the big companies down there – blue chip companies we want to show our game to and spread the Wigan brand – I think it’s a great opportunity for us.”
And with Londoners Dan Sarginson and Tony Clubb in his ranks, Wane thinks further down the line a greater presence in London can benefit every club and not just Wigan.
“At grassroots level the game in London is fantastic but at the top end it’s struggling a little bit so we need to be absolutely hammering our sport and make sure we take that game down there,” he said. “I will always encourage us to take a game away from Wigan if we can because I know the Wigan fans love spreading the word.”