Young gun Josh is still a Warrior

MICHAEL Maguire has hosed down speculation that young gun Josh Charnley is poised to join Harlequins on a year-long loan.

The promising three-quarter has been linked with a temporary move to the capital, with one report yesterday claiming he is set to spend a full season away from the Warriors.

But Maguire insists that no deal has been struck.

And while he may yet be open to the idea of allowing Charnley and other fringe players to have short stints at another club, with recall options, he is in no rush to let them go.

By keeping them at Wigan until early next year, they will benefit from their demanding pre-season training schedule while he will also have the chance to run the rule over the players in the friendly matches.

“Josh has not gone anywhere,” Maguire said. “And to be honest, we’ll probably wait until nearer to the start of the season before we start looking at who may or may not be going out on loan.”

Quins are angling for on-loan players in a bid to be competitive next term and fans won’t be surprised if they see at least one Warrior run out for the Twickenham-based outfit for part of Super League XVI. Maguire is an advocate of letting players join other clubs for temporary spells to try and accelerate their development.

Charnley himself enjoyed a successful stint at Hull KR, scoring five tries in as many appearances for the Robins before being recalled and making his Wigan debut last season.

Shaun Ainscough, now at Bradford, also went on loan to Castleford, while Wigan made the most of the dual-registration system by allowing players such as Stefan Marsh (Widnes) to taste action in the Championship. Such moves provide the players with a more intense level of rugby league than the Under-20s.

l PLANS for a St Helens v Wigan festive friendly appear to have been shelved after Widnes announced they will face Warrington on December 26. Saints will be playing at the Vikings’ ground next season.

l SPECULATION Down Under suggests Cronulla Sharks are keen to recruit Joel Tomkins after the forward was given a glowing endorsement by ex-star Trent Barrett.

The forward has previously hinted he would like to play in the NRL in the future, but said only earlier this month: “My future is committed to Wigan at the moment.

“On the back of last season I think we have some good years of success coming up if we carry on working like we have done.”