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4 players Wigan Warriors could allow to leave on loan

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Matt Peet has a wealth of riches to choose from when selecting his squad for Wigan Warriors each week and with the club starting to pull clear of the chasing pack, he could be more inclined to loan out some of the club’s young talents.

Wigan Warriors are atop Super League with 26 points and are four points clear of the group of teams on 22 points but crucially Peet’s team have a game in hand still. Moreover, they can take points off rivals St Helens in a four-point swing this week when the two teams clash.

Should Wigan win that then they’ll be looking heavy favourites to secure the League Leaders Shield and a crucial home semi-final for the playoffs. In turn, Matt Peet may feel comfortable enough to remove the safety blanket afforded to them in terms of the huge depth in the squad and allow some loan moves.

Sam Eseh Jr is currently still on loan with Leeds Rhinos but will be recalled soon but when both he and Tiaki Chan were loaned out earlier in the season, Peet said it was because they “deserve[d] to be playing in Super League”, and it seems this attitude persists, now that he’s looking to allow others to move on.

We’ve selected four names from the club’s rising stars that could be next to be loaned away from Wigan Warriors.

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Sam Halsall at Wigan Warriors, before joining Huddersfield Giants.

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Four rising stars Wigan Warriors could loan out

Jack Farrimond

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Whether Farrimond makes a loan move depends on whether Matt Peet continues to show faith in his young half. It had been expected by some that Ryan Hampshire would operate in the halves during this current injury issue for Jai Field, however, Farrimond got the nod.

He scored a brilliant try and made another on that first appearance in the halves against London Broncos and retained that position for this week’s win against Leigh Leopards. Wigan do still have other options in the halves and should Peet choose them for some reason, it would make plenty of sense to allow Farrimond to continue his run of Super League games elsewhere.

Harvie Hill

Wigan Warriors Harvie Hill

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Prop forward Harvie Hill is a very established name on this list with the youngster featuring in the World Club Challenge this season and both the Challenge Cup and Super League Semi-Finals last year. He’s played plenty in 2024, making 10 Super League appearances but all bar one have come from the bench.

Given that Sam Walters has returned recently and Hill’s omission from the matchday squad this week against Leigh, there could be a chance for the 20-year-old to get game time elsewhere.

Harvey Makin

Harvey Makin

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In a similar vein to Hill, Makin is another prop forward who is stuck in a very busy and talented forward pack at Wigan. Makin is another 20-year-old but is yet to actually make his Wigan debut.

His Super League appearances this season have come whilst on loan with London Broncos, playing six times for the capital’s club but not since early May. He’s since been on loan with Barrow Raiders but it would make sense for him to earn more Super League playing time and there are plenty of prop-needy teams in the competition.

Zach Eckersley

Wigan Warriors Zach Eckersley

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Zach Eckersley is perhaps too important to Wigan Warriors to go out on loan and in a position where there’s a lack of depth, however, he’s also far too talented to be left as 18th man week in week out. This is a player who has scored a try in a Challenge Cup Final and been touted by Kris Radlinski as a “superstar”.

Eckersley would arguably be more likely to go out on loan if Jack Farrimond continues his run in the team given that it would mean that Ryan Hampshire could serve as cover in the centres, as can captain Liam Farrell given the huge number of forwards in the squad.

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