SHAUN Wane jetted back into England yesterday more convinced than ever that Wigan are on the right track.
The Warriors head coach combined a holiday in Australia with a fact-finding mission.
He met several leading NRL figures and coaches and visited a clutch of clubs including Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors.
He also spoke to officials at leading Aussie Rules outfit Sydney Swans.
And as he puts the finishing touches to Wigan’s schedule before pre-season training officially begins next Monday, he has been reassured they are leading the way.
He said: “It’s been a great trip – it’s been a holiday but I also got a lot out of it.
“I met with some really good people over there and went to see what other clubs do.
“I always go in with my eyes open and an open mind, because if you can take just one thing from it, it can be really worthwhile.
“But what it did as much as anything was reaffirm my belief that what we’re doing here is right.”
He also met with agents Down Under as speculation gathers pace that Gareth Hock will be leaving to join NRL outfit Parramatta.
Wane praised the likes of Kris Radlinski, Andy Coley and Paul Deacon for holding the fort in his absence – and for overseeing a revamp of parts of their gym.
Some of the first-team players have returned to pre-season early, with Pat Richards, Chris Tuson, Paul Prescott and Darrell Goulding among those who reported for optional training this week.
The Warriors squad fly to Florida for a warm-weather camp in early December.