Wane’s not hunting for an extra assistant

Shaun Wane has not replaced Paul Deacon
Shaun Wane has not replaced Paul Deacon

SHAUN Wane has no plans to add an assistant coach to his staff during this off-season.

Warriors didn’t replace Paul Deacon when he left to join Sale Sharks in July.

At the time, Wane said they would progress until the end of the season without a replacement.

His other assistant, John Winder, and head of youth Matty Peet took on more duties as they guided the Warriors to a third successive Grand Final.

And while Wane has not ruled out an addition before they return for pre-season training next month, he is content with the current staff.

“I’m very happy with what we’ve got,” he said. “We handled the workload and did well.”

Sean O’Loughlin has already been taking on coaching duties with younger players.

He has a deal with Wigan which sees him move onto the coaching staff once he hangs up his boots – though the 32-year-old has yet to put a date on when he may call it quits.

The Warriors players who are not involved in the autumn internationals will report back for pre-season training in mid-November.

Organisers have seen a surge of interest from fans in Wigan after Steve McNamara named five Wigan players – including uncapped trio George Burgess, John Bateman and Joe Burgess – in his squad to take on France tomorrow.

Tickets for the non-televised Test at Leigh Sports Village cost just £10 adults and £5 juniors, and kick-off is 2pm.