Wane has big call to make on fringe aces

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

PLANS to arrange reserve-level friendlies will be stepped up over the next few weeks so Shaun Wane can decide what course of action is best for his fringe players.

With no concessions for open-age players in the Under-19s, the Warriors currently rely on a partnership arrangement with Workington Town to give squad players game-time.

Last weekend, Sam Powell, Connor Farrell and Jamie Doran played in a 38-16 defeat at Bradford while Lewis Tierney and Rhodri Lloyd have been familiar faces at the Championship club this season.

But Wane can only use the week-to-week arrangement for five more games until the Super 8s begins

That means, in a month from now, Wane may have several fringe players available but nowhere for them to play – and wants reserve-level friendlies with other Super League clubs to combat the problem.

“We’re speaking to other clubs and trying to sort something out,” he said.

“It’s hard because of the different scenarios which may come up (with the Super 8s), but it’s definitely something we need to do.

“We can’t have players on the sidelines and not playing.”