Warriors’ minds are on the job

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
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Wigan Warriors arrived in Sydney this week with Shaun Wane declaring: “We are here to do a job.”

The Warriors relocated to a base in the beach-side suburb Coogee to step up their preparations for Saturday’s RL World Club Challenge encounter against Sydney Roosters.

Following a week in New Zealand, they trained with Souths – coached by ex-Warriors boss Michael Maguire – before fulfilling media duties and meeting fans who have travelled over for the match.

And Wane said: “The lads have been professional, and we’re looking forward to a week in Sydney and getting ready for the big one.

“The players know we are here to do a job. I don’t need to drill anything into them – they know this isn’t a holiday.

“I’ve said to the players, no one has given us a chance.

“There’s no other media here at the airport. We want to turn up and surprise a few because we can trouble anyone.

“A lot of our fans have travelled over. They’ll be loud and I just hope we can treat them to a memorable night.”

Meanwhile, stand-off Blake Green has played down a report he is angling for a return to the NRL. One newspaper suggested he is using the World Club Challenge as an open audition to impress.

But Green says nothing could be further from the truth.