Warriors in hunt for Shrek

Sydney Roosters prop Mark O'Meley is a Wigan target.

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan is ready to talk to Sydney officials about bringing the 28-year-old, who is nicknamed Shrek by his NRL team-mates, to the JJB Stadium.

Although the player is under contract to Roosters until 2010, O'Meley wants to play in Super League and Roosters could be persuaded to allow him to leave early.

Lenagan said: "Mark O'Meley is a player we admire, and he fits the bill as we are searching for a prop and a half-back."

The Warriors chief admitted Wigan have also checked out O'Meley's Roosters team-mate Willie Mason, but as a prop rather than second-row which is his currently preferred position.

"I would put Willie Mason as a prop," he added.

"He has that stature and shape to be a prop.

"He's just one of the people we've talked about."

Lenagan is due to return from Australia in time for Friday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Salford City Reds at the JJB.

He has spent the past week on a scouting mission Down Under, identifying targets and he will also have to address the growing speculation over Brian Noble's future.

Noble admitted last week he couldn't wait forever for Wigan to make their mind up whether they would offer him a new deal, and ironically he has also been linked with a coaching role with Roosters.

Lenagan added: "I do not have any comment to make other than talks go on as they always do when a coach gets within six months of the end of his contract.

"Brian is contracted until the end of the year and we will review things as we go along, depending on performances."

Meanwhile, Noble has hailed his skipper Sean O'Loughlin.

An ever-present this term, he was called into England's elite squad ahead of next month's Test against France.

Noble said: "I think he's going really well, and his performances this season have given us a lot of impetus.

"The England call-up is right recognition for those performances.

"Sean is at the top of his game, and he has been for four or five weeks.

"He has proved our leader on the pitch for a long time now, a guy who instinctively leads by example.

"Most of all, though, he is tremendously consistent, which is such a crucial element to his game.

"That's what world-class players are, and he is certainly in that bracket for sure."