Wane happy with squad

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane
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WIGAN Warriors coach Shaun Wane will not be looking to bolster his squad before the new season kicks-off in February.

The coach is currently overseeing a first-team training camp in Florida as they step up their preparations for the 2013 campaign.

And he is “satisfied” with the quality within his senior panel, so much so that he has no plans to recruit any more players before they return to action.

Speaking from America, Wane said: “We’ll always be interested in quality players who can strengthen our squad, but I’m not actively looking to recruit anyone.

“I’m really satisfied with the squad I’ve got. We’ve got some real strength here, we’ve signed some very good players in addition to the young players who are pushing through.”

Wane lost a clutch of experienced players at the end of last season. Thomas Leuluai, Jeff Lima and Brett Finch left to join NRL clubs.

George Carmont retired, and Stuart Fielden – hit by injuries for the past two years – joined Huddersfield.

Wane has brought in just two players during the off-season – Hull KR pair Blake Green and Scott Taylor.

But he also signed two players midway through last season, with an eye on 2013 – halfback Matty Smith (Salford) and utility Iain Thornley (Sale RU). And having given a number of academy products chances in the team, he expects them to push for further chances in 2013.

Jack Hughes figured 22 times last season, while Logan Tomkins (nine), Dom Crosby (eight), Tom Spencer (four), Rhodri Lloyd (three), Jack Murphy (three) and Sam Powell (one) all got a taste of the big-time as Wane kept to his word of giving home-grown players their opportunities.

Hughes is expected to duel with Thornley for the vacant centre role and Wane says others have impressed him with their attitude.

He added: “Sam Powell has been fantastic, Dom Crosby has gone really well – he would probably have been in the frame to figure in the friendly against Leigh next month.

“But the way he’s gone, he’ll probably get a chance in one of our bigger pre-season games now.”

Many of Wigan’s players took advantage of a two-day break in their training schedule to head to Miami yesterday.