SHAUN Wane reckons try-machine Josh Charnley will take his game on to another level after committing his long-term future to the Warriors.
The England winger was one of three players who this week penned new deals at the DW, with Sean O’Loughlin and Mike McIlorum also staying put.
Charnley, who bagged four tries on his England debut recently, crossed the whitewash 36 times in total last term.
And Wane believes there’s plenty more to come from the 21-year-old.
“Josh has worked so hard on his game,” Wane acknowledged.
“He’s still only young and, for what he’s achieved in the game so far, it’s phenomenal.
“He’s big and athletic, and people may see how quick he is and think it’s all natural. Then they see the other side of him – he likes a laugh and things like that.
“But it’s all come down to his desire and how hard he works.
“I coached him as a junior and you could tell, even then, he had something about him.
“There was a time when he was working for groundwork and he was close to giving it away.
“But his hard work got him to where he is – and I think he’s a great role model for any young player.”
Charnley, a qualified bricklayer, was almost rugby league’s loss and the building trade’s gain during his teenage years.
But he made a big decision to concentrate fully on making the grade with Wigan – which has been fully vindicated.
“I was working full-time aged 17, earning £160 a week, and I wasn’t paying any rent,” revealed Charnley.
“But I had to leave 20 minutes early to go training which my boss got a bit mad about.
“He said I had to choose work or rugby – and I’m really glad I chose rugby.”