Wane: We will make changes next year

Warriors head coach Shaun Wane
Warriors head coach Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane has revealed Wigan will tweak the way they play next season.

He is resisting making any sweeping changes to their style.

But the coach feels the time is right to freshen things up and add more variety to their performances.

Wane said: “We’re making a couple of changes to how we play.

“There are things we’ll do differently, varying the way we play – I feel as a team we’re ready for it.”

Wane stopped short at revealing which area he was changing – presumably to ensure he doesn’t alert rivals.

And while any differences may be subtle, he admits it puts extra importance on the pre-season period.

He added: “The changes we make may not be too noticeable but they are intricate parts which need working on, and so we need to get value out of every thing we do in training.”

The Warriors – minus their Four Nations representatives – returned to pre-season training this week.

Head of performance Mark Bitcon reckons they will feel the benefit of a longer preparation after last year’s disruption, due to the World Cup and a larger turn over of players.

Taulima Tautai and Larne Patrick are the only ‘new’ faces, arriving with Warriors old-boy Lee Mossop. All three took up the option of an extra week’s training before pre-season started.

Wane added: “I’ve been really impressed with the attitude of the lads.”