Matt Peet on getting a ‘dream’ job for Wigan Warriors, making improvements, working with Shaun Wane | Rugby League News
Sky Sports Rugby League hear exclusively from new Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet; the 37-year-old cat gets his “dream job,” the upgrades needed, the new group of coaches, the importance of the academy and working alongside former Wigan boss Shaun Wane.
By Sky Sports Rugby League
Last update: 10/06/21 2:39 PM
New Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet says he has the dream job after being promoted to succeed Adrian Lam
New Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet chats exclusively with Sky Sports Rugby League on his appointment, take the reins of his “dream job”, the necessary improvements, work with Shaun Wane and more …
Peet was officially named Adrian Lam’s successor at the helm of Wigan on Tuesday, with Sean O’Loughlin and Lee Briers appointed as assistants, and England head coach Shaun Wane announced as chief executive officer and management of Wigan.
Peet was recently on Lam’s staff as an assistant, having previously been involved in setting up the Warriors’ youth, and has now been promoted to the top position ahead of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.
âI’m over the moon,â said Peet Sky sports. âThis is my hometown. This is the club I worked at for many years at the academy, and I have the job of my dreams.
âI also have a team around me who I know can help shape the club, shape the environment and lead us to success.
âWe’ve identified several areas where we know we can perform better on the pitch. But on top of that, we think there are things in the environment that we can take to another level.
âWe believe that our culture can take it to another level and improve.
“And we think we have a lot of young players who should naturally develop. It’s up to us as a coaching team to lead them to be their best, and that will be based on hard work, attention to detail and lots of taking care of them.
“I believe that if we can build a good relationship between the playing staff and the coaching staff, it will go a long way.”
ANNOUNCEMENT | Wigan Warriors are excited to unveil a new head coach and a new coaching staff starting in 2022.
– Wigan Warriors ï¸ (@WiganWarriorsRL) October 5, 2021
Wigan’s season ended when they suffered a home loss to Leeds in a 2021 Super League playoff eliminator
Peet has been a member of the Wigan coaching staff for 13 years, and spent time in the rugby union working for the Gallagher Premiership Sale Sharks.
During his time with the Warriors, the 37-year-old oversaw community, varsity, college and reserve teams, as well as guided their youngsters to six academy Grand Final victories in seven seasons during his tenure as head of the academy. youth.
After working for some time within the structures of Wigan Academy, Peet says he is keen to bring that philosophy to the fore, while confirming that the search is underway for signings to replace the outgoing Jackson Hastings.
âAt Wigan, success has always been built on local players,â added Peet.
âMy passion has always been to develop local players, and our academy staff work very hard to ensure that we continue to bring these players through.
âBut we also have a very strong group of senior leaders, and the challenge is for everyone to work together and for everyone to improve.
“There are players that have been spoken about by myself and the board, but we are very keen that the right people come into the club.
âThere are a lot of players that are mentioned to us – quality players in positions that we would like to strengthen – but we make sure to do our homework and talk to all the players.
“There are a few key ingredients. One is that they come to Wigan for the right reasons: to embrace our culture. And another is that they come to improve.”
Along with Peet’s appointment, Wane’s return to the club as a leader came as a surprise.
Wane, who oversaw three Super League Grand Final wins as Warriors head coach, will hold the post in combination with his work as England head coach.
The seasoned coach will provide Peet with a mentoring role as part of his new role, which will bring him back to the club he was involved with for 30 years as a player and coach before leaving for a role with Scottish Rugby Union and then succeed Wayne. Bennett as England boss.
Peet says he sees nothing but positive about working alongside Wane.
âI think we will be working very closely together: daily interactions and conversations,â said Peet.
âShaun has always given me really honest feedback, and he also listens to my opinion, so I don’t see that changing too much.
âI just think it’s the next step in our relationship and I think it’s a very strong one for the club.
âThe fact that this is our 150th anniversary in Wigan is also huge, and it’s definitely something we’ll be building on throughout the year. And fans can really look forward to that.
“With the World Cup at the end of the year and coming out of a pandemic, it’s a very exciting year for Wigan and the rugby league.”