SHAUN Wane plans to wait a few weeks before deciding whether to let any of his players leave on loan.
Around this stage a year ago, he sanctioned Greg Burke’s season-long stint at Hull KR and he has already allowed Ryan Hampshire to spend 2016 at Super league rivals Castleford.
As it stands I don’t expect to let anyone go. Our squad isn’t huge so there would have to be exceptional circumstances to do that nowShaun Wane
Wane has not ruled out the possibility of others leaving for stints elsewhere.
But he wants to wait until the end of pre-season – which includes friendlies in January with Leigh and Salford – before making a call.
He said: “As it stands I don’t expect to let anyone go. Our squad isn’t huge so there would have to be exceptional circumstances to do that now.
“Plus, you don’t know what might happen between now and the start of the season with injuries, so the plan is to wait until the end of pre-season and take a look at it then.”
Wane’s decision may be swayed by the likely creation of a new reserves competition in 2016.
Last season, fringe players too old for the Under-19s were either loaned to rival clubs or played on
dual-registration terms for Workington.
That link was not ideal – not least because the week-to-week arrangement of dual-registration ended when the Super 8s began in August, leaving players such as Lewis Tierney with nowhere to play.
By running with a reserve team, Wigan won’t be burdened by the necessity to give fringe players game-time elsewhere.