IN the wake of Super League clubs’ rush to strengthen for the final phase of the season, Shaun Wane hopes fans see eye-to-eye with his philosophy of promoting from within.
Wigan were one of the few clubs not to chase mid-season recruits before last Friday’s transfer deadline but Wane is happy with his squad going into the Super 8s.
We wanted someone who fits into our system and that’s exactly what George does because he’s been with us for so longShaun Wane
One of the most obvious examples of Wane’s recruitment structure taking shape in 2015 has been 20-year-old halfback George Williams’ inclusion - and he capped his 50th first team appearance last week with a try.
“I hope people see that,” Wane said on how the depth of Warriors’ squad meant he didn’t feel the need to recruit reinforcements.
“I’m not sure everybody does but I hope it does seem that way - because people know our systems, what we’re about.”
Wane fully expects squads across Super 8s to be stretched for the final seven games before the play-offs.
A rise in intensity as teams struggle for a place in the top four could lead to more injuries, which is why the coach is grateful of having a large squad at his disposal, littered with home-grown stars like Williams.
“That to me is really important which is why when Blake Green left we didn’t want to go out and just sign an normal Australian,” he explained.
“We wanted someone who fits into our system and that’s exactly what George does because he’s been with us for so long.”