Wane: Larne has a lot of work to do

Wigan Warriors' Larne Patrick in action against Castleford Tigers
Wigan Warriors' Larne Patrick in action against Castleford Tigers
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SHAUN Wane believes Warriors have yet to see the best of Larne Patrick.

The forward joined in the off-season on a year-long loan from Huddersfield, with Jack Hughes moving the other way.

Patrick will face his parent club this Sunday and Wane admits he still wants more from the versatile forward.

“I don’t think I’m seeing the best of him,” said Wane.

“I think there are huge improvements in him, and I’m pushing him hard, and I won’t stop until I get it.

“He does some good things but there’s a lot of improvement.”

Wane says there has been no change on the original move, meaning – as it stands – Hughes will return to the Warriors at the end of this year and Patrick, whose deal with the Giants expires, will become a free agent.

But now the marquee player plan has been approved, and Wigan know exactly how much they have to spend, it may accelerate developments on the retention front.

Wane says Hughes (inset) has impressed for Huddersfield.

“Jack is going well,” he said. “He’s still got a couple errors in him, but he’s got a great coach there who is giving him something I couldn’t do – which is game-time.”

The Giants are fourth in the table with the best defence in the competition and, while Wane accepts they have flown under the radar, he says there is no danger of Wigan under-estimating their next opponents.

“They are a great team,” he said. “Paul Anderson wasn’t happy with their second half against Catalans on Sunday, so we’ll expect them to come out firing, and that’s after they pushed a team which butchered us the week before.

“I’ve a lot of time for Paul, he’s a good guy, he’s English, and he’s a smart coach.

“Danny Brough is playing out of his skin, but I think the strongest part is they look well-drilled in defence.

“They have the best defence in the comp’, they’re a solid team, and physically man-for-man bigger.”