Charnley has work cut out to get starting spot back

Wigan winger Josh Charnley will play for Championship side Workington Town to regain match fitness following a lay-off, coach Shaun Wane has confirmed.

The England international, who scored a record-breaking 43 tries in 2013 for the double champions, injured his knee against Dewsbury Rams in April and will go out on dual registration with the Cumbrian club to complete his recovery.

However, Wane doesn’t plan to let the 22-year-old walk straight back into the side – he needs to earn his place after showcasing disappointing form in the weeks leading up to his injury. Standing in his way is Dominic Manfredi, who has impressed since returning to the Warriors from a loan spell at Salford.

“I’m very happy with Dom,” Wane told BBC Radio Manchester.

“Josh will get his chance, but he needs to grip it when he does and I’m not sure when that will be.

“The Josh of the past has scored some great tries and done some unbelievable things, and I remember that, but he needs to come in and do the tough stuff as well.

“There were deficiencies in Josh’s game before he got injured so I need to make sure those problems have gone before he gets his chance with us.”

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