Wigan coach Shaun Wane to get new deal for Challenge Cup win

Shaun Wane

Challenge Cup final: Hull FC v Wigan Warriors

Saturday, 24 August
15:00 BST
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Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane will be handed a longer contract if he wins the Challenge Cup at Wembley, says owner Ian Lenagan.

The Warriors took up the option of extending his deal to 2014 this week.

But Wane could be offered the chance to extend his stay further if the Warriors win the Challenge Cup for the second time in three years.

"If Shaun wins at Wembley it will be longer than a one-year extension, that's for sure," said Lenagan.

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"He's a great 'Wiganer', he's done well to get us where we are and he's just got to win a few trophies now.

"It was quite amusing to hear all these rumours with New Zealand Warriors when we'd already agreed an extension to his contract anyway."

Wane replaced Michael Maguire in October 2011 and guided his hometown club to the League Leaders' Shield in 2012.

The 48-year-old has previously spoken of his ambition to work in Australia's NRL but also said he was in his "dream job" as Wigan coach.

Wigan face Hull FC at Wembley on Saturday and, after Premier League side Wigan Athletic won the FA Cup in May, Lenagan says it could be a special day for the whole town.

"It will actually be quite special this year for Wigan as all the Wigan Athletic directors will be down there - Dave Whelan and the whole crew," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"They support Wigan in the same way that I was at Wembley when Wigan beat Man City in the FA Cup final, and it's a great possibility that the Wigan town could have two major trophies in the bag.

"That would be a great accolade for Wigan as a winning and sporting town."

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