Super League: Shaun Wane set to sign new contract with Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 22/01/14 10:43am
Wigan coach Shaun Wane is set to commit his future to the Super League champions.
Wane's current contract ends this year and he has been linked with a move to the NRL with New Zealand Warriors, where he would be reunited with Sam Tomkins.
But Wane has confirmed that he has verbally agreed a new contract with Ian Lenagan and all that remains is for him to put pen to paper.
"I had a chat with Ian in America and we've agreed a long-term contract but it's not been signed yet," Wane said at the club's pre-season media day at Orrell.
"I had a chat with Ian in America and we've agreed a long-term contract but it's not been signed yet."
"I want to stay here for the next few years but I want to better myself, and if I can do that elsewhere, then it's exciting, going to the NRL. It's something I want to do."
Wane also admitted that he would one day like to coach England, and has an eye on the job for the British & Irish Lions which the RFL is expected to reform for a tour of Australia in 2015.
"I would love to," he said. "I know I can offer something to the job if it ever became available. Obviously they are fixed up at the minute with Steve but you never know what's around the corner.
"I am very patriotic. I love my club and I love my country and, if ever I got the chance, it would be fantastic."
Meanwhile Wane is bullish about Wigan's prospects in this season's Super League following a successful training camp in Florida.
"The lads have come in really focused and intent on making sure we are better than last year," he said.
"We didn't win the league leaders' shield and we lost seven of our last nine Super League games.
"I just thought we lacked a bit of consistency and we took our eye off the ball a bit, travelling to places like Wakefield for instance.
"I know the reasons for that and we have fixed that. All pre-season we have been working on fixing it.
"It's going be more competitive this year - Salford have made some great signings - and, with us winning the double, people are going to raise their game when they come to us.
"That's going to be good for us because we need to be on the ball more."