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Shaun Wane praises 2 Super League clubs for changes that will help England

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England Head Coach Shaun Wane has highlighted Super League sides Leigh Leopards and Salford Red Devils for praise with the two teams having earned Academy Licences back in May.

Recruitment is a massive factor in building for success in Super League and both sides have succeeded at that with star signings such as Tom Amone and Brodie Croft having been among the best signings in Super League over the past decade, however, retention is also massive.

Now that both teams have been granted academy licences, they will be able to develop their own stars who they can then retain and move forward for yet more Super League success.

There’s a reason why just four teams have won Super League and why two of those sides in St Helens and Wigan Warriors continue to dominate the sport and that’s because they’re able to develop their own stars of the future via the academy system.

After the RFL Board granted both Salford Red Devils and Leigh Leopards three-year Academy Licences back in May, they’ll potentially be primed for future success and Shaun Wane has claimed that could translate to success for the national team.

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Speaking to The Sportsman on their Youtube channel about a variety of things following the announcement of the England and Samoa series at the end of the season, Wane highlighted both sides for their recent boost.

“It’s credit to them,” he claimed, before explaining how it will aid each team in Super League, as well as England in the long run.

He continued: “They get some good young players in their areas as well but there’s no doubt about it, the success I had at Wigan was through our young kids coming through the system.

“Whilst we’ve always had good overseas players, walking on and hugging George Williams when you’ve won a cup, someone who has been with you since you were 13 and 12, it’s really, really enjoyable.

“That’s what that’s going to create. We want people who come to our system to understand what we’re about and having that accreditation, what they’ve got now, is going to make the game a lot stronger.”

Both Salford and Leigh are vying for the playoffs in Super League this season and could well be fighting over just one spot, however, the news of their academy licence being granted means that they will potentially be set to remain a top-six side for the next three years at least.

The licences were recommended by Paul Prescott who said: “Both clubs demonstrated they had listened to the feedback from the RFL in 2021 and shaped their application to address previous concerns. The liaison between the RFL and both clubs since 2021 was clearly visible and resulted in solid, clear applications”.

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