League Leaders Shield still a priority says Deacon

Wigan assistant coach, Paul Deacon has re-affirmed the club’s ambition to defend the League Leaders Shield despite his priority resting on next month’s Challenge Cup Final.

The Warriors will undoubtedly be looking forward to taking on Hull at Wembley in four weeks’ time but first face Hull KR, Huddersfield and Catalan in the Super League.

Shaun Wane’s side will more than likely need to win all three games if they are to retain the minor premiership with both the Giants and Warrington hot on their heels. 

 “We don’t see it like that (as a distraction), we see it as great preparation for the cup final,” he told Love Rugby League. 

“When you’re playing in big games that mean a lot, you get used to it.

“Obviously the Challenge Cup Final means most at this moment in time but we’re still going for that League Leaders Shield.

“We’ve got Hull KR, Huddersfield, Catalan leading up to the final. I see that as great preparation and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Deacon last week revealed how he had been headhunted by Steve McNamara to serve as an assistant coach for England’s World Cup campaign.

The 34 year-old is promoted from a position on the backroom staff and as a former Great Britain representative himself, he could be a perfect long-term replacement for James Lowes.

“I’m very honoured and very chuffed to be asked,” he added. 

“That’s something to think about towards the end of the season because at the moment I’m focusing on Wigan but I’m very humble that Steve asked me to do that job as it’s very exciting for me personally.”

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