Warriors’ Little voices speaking up

Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin
Wigan's Sean O'Loughlin

SHAUN Wane has been feeling the noise – and he wouldn’t want it any other way.

His six Four Nations tourists only return to training on Monday.

Those England players – including captain Sean O’Loughlin and halfback Matty Smith – are among the most vocal in the Warriors camp.

And while Wane is looking forward to welcoming them back, he has found an unexpected bonus from their absence.

He says the void has encouraged the younger players and overseas signings within his squad to be more vocal. And he wants them to stay like that when he has a full complement of players next week.

He said: “I’m all for trying to create leaders. This club belongs to the players, and I want them to encourage each other and talk a lot.

“I put them under the pump, I’m constantly asking them questions.

“I don’t want to hear the same voices in training, because it’s everyone’s job.

“Having the England lads not here has put more of an onus on them to speak.

“And I want them to carry it on when Matty and Lockers are back.”

Wane says new recruits Larne Patrick and Taulima Tautai have settled in well.

“They’re doing great, they’ve bought into what we’re about,” he said.

“I walked into the gym this monring and saw our middles train, and they looked absolutely huge. When you consider we have the likes of Lockers, Joel (Tomkins) and Liam Farrell to come back, we’re in a good place.”