Wane ready for crucial season

06 January 2018 21:50:03 GMTPlus11

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane has revealed that his pre-match preparations will focus more on his own team than the opposition in 2018.

The Warriors are chasing silverware after finishing last year without a trophy, and Wane has made subtle changes to the way he will ready his players for matches this season.

We're going to have a shift in terms of the footage we show, it'll be a lot more about us, than them.

Shaun Wane

"Last season it was probably 60 per cent us and 40 per cent them, but this year it will be more about us, and not the opposition," said the Wigan boss.

"We're going to have a shift in terms of the footage we show, it'll be a lot more about us, than them."

Wigan are 5.00 to win the Super League Grand Final next season and are 5.50 to lift the Challenge Cup .

Meanwhile, Wane has made just three additions to his squad for 2018, including Romain Navarette, who spent last season on loan with the club, and Dan Sarginson, who returns following a spell in the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.

And the Warriors boss admits that he's hesitant to sign players who he doesn't think will fit in with the club's culture.

"If I don't like a player's attitude, he won't stay long. It's partly to do with ensuring they don't affect the culture, but it's more about having a good, happy workplace. I want to be in the gym with a player who's a decent bloke."

Wane added that the uncertainty about the length of his tenure as head coach of the Warriors provides motivation at the beginning of each season.

"Being a head coach is a lot of pressure, but I like that," he said. "This could be my last year or I could have another ten years here - that motivates you to work harder, longer, smarter."

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