Adrian Lam admits Wigan Warriors could add to their squad during the season as they bid to win the first major trophy of his reign.
Lam is now in his third season in charge at the DW Stadium but their only silverware so far was last year’s League Leaders’ Shield.
Wigan are set to boosted by the return of several players from injury in the coming weeks, notably Bevan French, Oliver Gildart, Dom Manfredi and Liam Marshall.
But Lam is constantly scouring the market for new additions and cited the success of prop Brad Singleton as a profitable mid-season acquisition last term.
When asked about recruitment plans, the Wigan head coach said: “We’re sitting tight and being patient at the moment.
“There is always an opportunity to pick up a front-rower or an outside back through the season.
“It’s something that the club will stay on top of every day and every week of the competition and keep our eye on because you have to.
“We picked up Brad Singleton towards the end of last year which certainly helped us turn the corner and drive us towards the Grand Final in 2020.
“We’re sitting tightly poised, waiting for the opportunity, but recruitment and retention is a day-to-day thing that we focus on.”
Lam’s side travel to old rivals Leeds Rhinos on Thursday as they resume their Super League campaign after last week’s Challenge Cup third-round win at York City Knights.
Leeds are currently decimated by injuries and were without 12 senior players during their Challenge Cup defeat at St Helens.
But Lam said: “We’ve had our own issues with injuries in my time here so we know how difficult it can get.
“But I’m not too worried about Leeds this week. We’ve got to make sure that we play well ourselves.
“We’ve got our own issues and injury concerns to get over, so the focus has to be on us and how well we prepare to face Leeds and have a good performance.
“We haven’t quite nailed on yet in Super League and that’s the next challenge.”
Wigan were sluggish in how they started against Leigh and Wakefield before coming on strong in the second half of both games to emerge victorious.
As they bid to beat Leeds, Lam admitted: “There is room for improvement in every area and our start is one of them.
“You can’t afford to be off guard by one or two per cent, and we have been.
“But we’re well aware of what we need to improve on and we’re working hard towards it.”