Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has insists there is “a lot to be excited about” for his side and the club’s fans as the business end of the season approaches.
The Warriors were beaten 8-6 by Widnes last week in a below-par performance, where their attacking ability again came into question as they registered just one try all night.
But although Wane has conceded his side’s attacking displays need to improve before the play-offs, he said they are simply seeking some consistency – and their position in the league should leave people excited about what lies ahead for the Warriors.
“I think in periods we’ve not been far off making a good go of it, and if we can put some consistency to our attack, we have a chance of finishing the year well,” he told Wigan Today.
“We’re at where we’re at, we’re not in the middle 8s, we’re not losing game after game, we’ve just beaten Saints 25-0, so we’ve a lot to be excited about.”
And Wane admitted that 2016 has been the most frustrating year of his coaching career to date.
He said: “It’s not been an enjoyable year.
“We’ve had weeks upon weeks, sometimes months, where key personnel haven’t trained. Every single player has missed periods of training and it just kills the session.
“Everything that you’re practicing, bringing in new things, key players are not getting that because they’re not training but they’re playing in games. Sam Tomkins has missed a lot of training but he’s shown that toughness and turned up for games, Dom Crosby is the same.
“We’ve not been able to name the same 17 that we practice with. We’re a team that needs to train, we need to train with those individuals and we’ve just not had that. This season has been the worst for that by far.”