Wane hints at another signing

Super League 2013 Launch at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester:  Wigan head coach Shaun Wane
Super League 2013 Launch at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester: Wigan head coach Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane is scouring Super League and the NRL for a possible new signing to bolster his squad.

The Warriors coach stressed that he is “comfortable” with his current senior panel.

But Gareth Hock’s departure to Widnes under acrimonious circumstances has come at a time when Wane has suffered a large dose of bad luck with injuries.

Second-rowers Chris Tuson and Harrison Hansen, as well as prop Epa Lauki, are all ruled out of Friday’s Super League opener at Salford.

And while he has enough players to cover for their losses, he admits there is room to manoeuvre under the salary cap if he finds a player who could strengthen his squad.

Chairman Ian Lenagan has given him the green-light to recruit, either permanently or on loan. Wane said: “We’re looking, I’ve got room under the cap, and I’ve had chats with Ian and I have his support.

“But I won’t rush into it – I won’t make any panic signings.

“If someone is available who we like then we’ll take a look, but I can honestly say there’s no-one right now who stands out.”

Taking Lauaki, battling a hamstring injury, out of the frame still leaves Wane with five props fighting for four positions (two starting and two on the bench) in the side for Friday’s game – Ben Flower, Lee Mossop, Paul Prescott, Gil Dudson and new-boy Scott Taylor.

In the back-row, Liam Farrell could be joined by either Jack Hughes or Iain Thornley, with the other occupying the left centre role.

Thornley played at centre against Warrington in a friendly last Saturday, and was praised by Wane afterwards – a hint, perhaps, that he will continue with the former Sale RU player in the three-quarters and Hughes in the back-row, at least until Tuson returns from a knee problem in the next couple of weeks.

Hansen’s injury is more serious – he is set to be sidelined for up to three months following surgery on a broken wrist.

Wane said: “It’s turned out to be a blessing having Jack able to play both roles so well, it opens up our options.”

Both coaches will name their 19-man squads today. James Child is referee.