Wigan stand-off Blake Green believes that Shaun Wane is a great coach, and possesses qualities that the public rarely see.
The 27-year-old Australian confirmed this week that he would be leaving the Warriors at the end of the season, to return to the NRL.
“Shaun Wane has been amazing. He’s been so helpful for me, not only with rugby, but also off the field. He’s been great,” Green said.
“Everyone sees him as a real intense and angry sort of character. But he’s a very down to earth guy. He’s very special, and he genuinely cares about people.
“He’s been a big part of helping my game improve.
“Waney’s a big part of driving that culture and energy that we have in the team. I’m sure that as long as he is at the helm, then the club will enjoy plenty of success.”
Green has also conceded that choosing to leave Wigan was not an easy decision to make, after he and his family had settled down so well.
But the player still has a burning desire to prove himself in his home country.
“It was a difficult decision for me to make. I’ve had a great time here,” he added.
“Me and my family have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, especially here at Wigan. I’ve been part of wining team, and I’ve made some really good friends here that I’ll keep in touch with forever.
“I’ve got some really special moments and memories to hold onto as well.
“A difficult decision, but one I’ve decided to make.
“To be honest, I was never going to go to another Super League club.
“I’ve got that much respect for Waney and I really enjoy playing here. I’m so comfortable living here, the place suits me down to the ground.
“It was a bit of a selfish decision from me. My wife loves living here.
“I said to myself that I didn’t want to be 40 years old, sitting at home, watching Friday night footy, wishing I’d went back and seen that I could mix it with the best.
“That’s the main reason why.
“Coming over here has been the best thing for me.”