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Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane backs planned Super League changes

Last Updated: 11/07/13 10:19pm

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Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane believes the decision to cut Super League down to 12 clubs is the right move but hopes that the development of youngsters remains a priority for Rugby League sides.

The Warriors boss also revealed that reigning Man of Steel Sam Tomkins will be fit for Wigan's Challenge Cup quarter-final with Widnes on Monday.

In terms of the regulation changes, Wigan are highly unlikely to be affected and Wane insists that despite some clubs struggling financially in recent years, the desire to bring in players to stave off relegation should not get in the way of developing local players.

"The way the game is, it seems a lot of clubs are struggling at the minute - something had to be done and if that's what they've decided then I agree with it," he said.

"I want us as a club and as a game to still promote our youngsters from within and for youngsters to stay with our club for many, many years and understand the culture.

"We want local players to play for us."

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Wane was also adamant that the changes will be a good for the sport in Britain.

"I want us as a club and as a game to still promote our youngsters from within and for youngsters to stay with our club for many, many years and understand the culture"
Shaun Wane

"I do (see this as a positive move for Super League). I understand the game is struggling in certain quarters at the minute," he added.

"We're from a very well structured club here at Wigan and we always look after the business side of it but obviously that doesn't run through Super League.

"I fully understand that something needs to be done and if that's what the owners and CEO's have gone for then we all need to support it.

"The salary cap in Australia is going to be the future of our game and we fully support that at Wigan Warriors."

As for Monday's Challenge Cup tie with Widnes, the Warriors have been handed a boost as Sam Tomkins is set to return to the side following an achilles injury.

"He is going to be fit, he is going to play," Wane confirmed.

"In the last couple of days Sam has gone really well in his rehab - he's running again today - and he'll be okay for the game.

"It's game where you need your big players and there's no bigger than Sam Tomkins."

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