SHAUN Wane says his Wigan players are hurting – in more ways than one!
The Warriors rounded off their second week of pre-season training with a grueling hills session at Haigh Country Park last Saturday.
Further punishment is planned for this week before they pack their bags and set up camp in Florida.
And Wane says the players’ desire to improve is being fueled by the painful memories of falling a hurdle short last season.
Wigan finished top of the Super League at the end of the regular season, but – just like in the Challenge Cup – crashed out of the Grand Final race to Leeds in the semi-finals.
Wane [pictured above] said: “It’s still very much fresh in the minds of the players.
“It’s still disappointing for me, and I’m glad the players have come back feeling the same way – because we deserved a better finish and we didn’t get it.”
Wane is confident they have learned lessons from last season, and will draw on those experiences when the entire squad – those on international duty have yet to return – is together in America.
“When we go to Florida, we’ll have a few meetings about the finish to the season because no-one gives you anything,” he said.
“At the end of day, even though we finished as the best team in the competition, we finished with nothing. And that’s not acceptable for this club. Two semi-finals – it’s nothing.
“We have to earn the right to play in finals - and that’s a lesson learned for us all.”
SEAN O’Loughlin will bring his testimonial to a close this Friday with a dinner at the DW Stadium.