Warriors youngsters are ‘in for a shock’ with first team

Sammy Kibula
Sammy Kibula
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Shaun Wane says pre-season has been a “good shock” for the next crop of youngsters who have stepped into the senior squad.

The Warriors today return from a four-day camp in Snowdonia, Wales, with the Red Bull team.

Skills and conditioning sessions have been married with team-building exercises, to help the newcomers integrate into the squad and underline the requirements in Wane’s squad.

Sammy Kibula, Craig Mullen, Liam Paisley, Josh Woods, Oliver Partington and James Worthington have joined the full-time senior panel this year.

“They’re having a bit of a shock, but it’s a good shock,” said Wane.

“That’s what happens. You get young kids coming up from the Under-19s and it’s very different.

“No matter how well you’ve done with the 19s and reserves, it’s a different culture up here.

“They are Wigan lads and we’ve a load of Wigan players who’ve come up and started with us, so it’s the dream for them.”

Halfback Woods and centre Worthington got a taste of the first-team last season.

And prop Partington was a travelling reserve but didn’t figure.

Woods scored three goals in two Super League appearances, while Worthington only figured once but he was still able to claim a place in the history books.

He scored a try in two minutes 19 seconds against Wakefield - thought to be the quickest try scored by a debutant in Wigan’s Super League history.