Australian sports legend makes bold claim about former Wigan Warriors star’s prospects at new club

Jackson Hastings has stirred up much debate recently.

The halfback left Wests Tigers after just 12 months of a two year deal. This was despite many Wests fans being impressed by the halfback. Three of their four wins came with him at seven and thanks to some clutch moments from Hastings.

However, former Hull KR boss Tim Sheens doesn’t see Hastings as his halfback instead trust Luke Brooks in that role.

He wanted to play Hastings at 13 but when a swap deal emerged for David Klemmer, Hastings moved on to Newcastle Knights.

However, an Australian sporting legend Berrick Barnes who had a stint in rugby league before switching to rugby union announcing himself with a try with his first touch in an Australia jersey in the 2007 world cup.

A class organiser, he has explained why Hastings will be a success at the Knights:

“The good thing about him is he’s willing to drive a team, and confident in his own ability to do that, he’ll be a good fit for Newcastle,” he said to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Hastings showed these skills during his time in Super League with Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors.

He claimed the Man of Steel in 2019 as Salford made an unlikely Grand Final. He then led Wigan to the Grand Final in 2020 winning the League Leaders’ Shield.

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