SHAUN Wane has no plans to join the scramble for new signings ahead of the Super-8s.
Several clubs have moved to bolster their squads before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
We like rotation. I don’t like going out and buying new players in the middle of the seasonShaun Wane
Widnes have signed St George Illawarra’s Charly Runciman, Wakefield have brought in seven new faces, Warrington are chasing Parramatta’s Chris Sandow and both Salford and Bradford are set to strengthen.
Wane, though, is confident he has enough reinforcements in case injuries or suspensions bite in the crucial phase of the season.
“That’s why we’ve got squads,” he said. “We like rotation. I don’t like going out and buying new players in the middle of the season.
“That’s why we have the squad and that’s why we all train together and I feel those players need the chance.
“It’s going to be very tough for everybody.
“There are people who haven’t played much, like Lewis Tierney, and all those people will have to put their hands up to play when I call on them.
“I’ll need them in the next few weeks and Mark Bitcon is doing a fantastic job keeping them fit and ready and we’re getting games up at Workington with them as well.”
Wane will need to decide within the next week whether to keep hold onto his fringe players like Tierney, Rhodri Lloyd, Iain Thornley and Connor Farrell or let them spent the rest of the season at partnership club Workington.
Until now, he has been able to decide on a week-to-week basis.
But once the Super 8s begin there will be no recall option – and Wane needs to balance the need to give the players game time without leaving himself vulnerable in case injuries bite.
The system is to be addressed for next year with several frustrated clubs organising their own reserve level fixtures.
But Wane admits it’s unlikely there will be any friendlies played this year – opening up the possibility some may not play again until next February.
“It’s not an easy job because all these eight games are going to be really tough and there may be some bad injuries,” he said. “It’s the same for every other club – you have to make a judgement on who you can let go and who you can’t.
“But I feel sorry for the player when there’s potential that they could not play for weeks and weeks.
“They live for playing and it’s sad for us as a game that this is happening.
“It’s a condition which has been brought on and we can’t do much about it.”