Wane ready to overcome old boys’ network

Iestyn Harris and Shaun Wane
Iestyn Harris and Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane admits Salford will have the inside track on his Wigan team tonight.

But he hopes his experience and credentials will rise to the surface and ensure his side claim the two points.

The Red Devils are coached by Iestyn Harris, who was Wane’s assistant until a few weeks ago.

And their squad includes Harrison Hansen – who transferred in the off-season – as well as on-loan Logan Tomkins.

Wane says their detailed knowledge of his own team makes Salford dangerous opposition.

He said: “They know what we do. There are staff members who took stuff away about what we do.

“Harrison loves the system here and they’re trying to do it there. We take it as a compliment.

They’ll know how we play, there’s no doubt about that.

“But there’s a littler bit extra what your coach brings – and hopefully that’ll be the difference.”

A victory would see the Warriors leap into second spot in the table, for 24 hours at least. Currently fourth on 18 points, they trail Castleford (18), St Helens (20) and Leeds (21).

Many see tonight’s encounter as a formality for a Wigan team still riding high following an epic win against Leeds last Saturday.

Salford are 11th in the ladder and have won just once since Harris took over as coach.

But with players of the calibre of Adrian Morley, Gareth Hock and Hansen in their ranks, Wane has called for the same attitude as they displayed at the Magic Weekend.

“This is about mentality, we know what we need to do,” he said.

“The thing about Salford is they’re going to turn up and play one day. They have a lot of good, experienced players in their squad.

“We need to approach this with a good mentality and the right attitude.”

Wane insisted there was no lingering bitterness towards Hock, who left under a cloud more than a year ago.

And he revealed he could have rejected Hansen’s request for a move to Salford in the off-season – but decided not to so the forward could collect a lucrative deal before he retires.

“I want him to kick on in life and do well,” said Wane.

“They made him an offer and we couldn’t get near it.”

“The right thing for Harrison was to let him go.

“The best thing for the club would have been to keep him, but that’s the way it is.”