SHAUN Wane admits he is under pressure to deliver silverware this year - and he wouldn’t have it any other way!
The Warriors boss takes his side to Salford tonight in their Super League opener.
And he is deperate to go one better than last season, when they crashed out of the Challenge Cup and Grand Final races at the semi-final stages despite finishing on top of the Super League ladder.
Wane admits ending the campaign with the league leaders’ shield was not good enough. “I am under pressure – and I love it,” he admits. “The expectations here are to win things – and I want the same.
“I love the pressure, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I was devastated last year and my mentality won’t change, I want to win everything.”
Wane has scrutinised the way Wigan tripped up ahead of major finals twice last year, both times to Leeds, and has reached one conclusion.
“The big players didn’t perform when it mattered and we need to change that,” he said.
“We spent a full day in the video room looking at areas we can improve, and hopefully it will be fixed. There’s no two ways about it – we need to win big games this year.”
The Warriors have been stripped of a lot of experience with the loss of Thomas Leuluai, George Carmont, Brett Finch, Jeff Lima and Gareth Hock.
And skipper Sean O’Loughlin - preparing for his 300th game for his home-town club - reckons the onus is on every player in the squad to step up this year.