Wigan: Shaun Wane 'no interest' in Super League 'marquee player'

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane included nine academy graduates in his last squad: Josh Charnley, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Dom Crosby, Sam Powell, Liam Farrell, Greg Burke and Jack Hughes

Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his club and Salford are "in a different league" when it comes to attitudes on the Super League "marquee player" proposal.

Salford owner Marwan Koukash had hoped his idea to allow teams to make a signing exempt from the £1.8m salary cap would be approved on Monday.

But he did not secure the eight votes needed from Super League's 14 clubs.

"What Marwan Koukash does is his business, what excites me is our bringing players through," said Wane.

"Salford are in a different league to us because we have a lot of youngsters in the Wigan area that play rugby league."

Kuwait-born businessman Koukash bought Salford in January 2013 with the club on the brink of administration.

He has since ploughed money into the club, signing players such as England duo Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock, and New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke.

Wigan on the other hand, have a squad primarily made up of academy graduates.

Of the 17 players in the Warriors squad for nine were from the club's youth system.

"It's my job to make sure we're consistently bringing through better players in our youth academy," Wane told BBC Radio Manchester.

"But I do understand what Marwan Koukash wants to do with the marquee player."

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