Wane: We have stars to replace Harrison

Harrison Hansen with Brian Noble at Salford
Harrison Hansen with Brian Noble at Salford

SHAUN Wane last night confirmed he is not seeking a replacement for Harrison Hansen.

Speculation about whether Wigan would sign a new back-rower has rumbled ever since Hansen was sold to Salford a week ago.

Wane has not completely ruled out the possibility of strengthening his squad before the 2014 campaign begins – particularly as it seems props Andy Powell and Epa Lauaki look set to leave.

But he insisted he was not on the hunt for a direct replacement for Hansen – and is confident he already has the players to cover for his loss.

Wane said: “I’m very happy with what we’ve got.

“I’m always on the look out to see if there are quality players who can strengthen us, and that won’t change.

“But in terms of the second-row, we’re okay. Harrison has left, but we have plenty of players who are fighting for his position.”

Off-season recruits Tony Clubb and John Bateman both prefer the second-row.

Eddy Pettybourne is seen as a prop but has also played in that role, Jack Hughes and Anthony Gelling have experience as both forwards and three-quarters, while youngster Greg Burke impressed last season.

Liam Farrell has tied down the left-side role.

“The players know there is one spot up for grabs, they’ll all get a chance pre-season and their form will decide who’s getting first chance at it,” added Wane.