Wigan Warriors have confirmed a number of major signings for the 2024 Super League season.
One big decision they had to make was about the future of the number six shirt.
In 2022, Cade Cust arrived at the DW Stadium and took on the jersey and laid down a real marker but an injury stalled his momentum and this year he lost his position.
A punt was taken on Bevan French which would prove to be a masterstroke with French now likely set to play stand-off in the 2024 season.
This left Cust, at the end of a two year deal, in an interesting position with an option left on his deal.
But Wigan used their quota spots leaving Cust on the outside.
He has now confirmed his exit on Instagram: “I’d like to say a massive Thankyou to the Wigan Warriors for the past 2 years, to the coaching staff, the players and most importantly the fans.
“I’ve enjoyed every moment and have made some lifelong mates along the way which I’II be forever grateful! I’ve gained some amazing memories in this jersey which I’II never forget.
This comes after Matt Peet spoke about the 2023 squad ahead of wide changes with others like Kai Pearce-Paul and Toby King set to exit:
“I think you always want to build on success but I think when people are looking ahead to next year, they’re underestimating some of the quality they’ve seen on the field tonight and some of them will be moving on.
“But this will be reflected on as a special group of players, a special group of men. I often say it, I think teams at Wigan, they don’t always at the start of the season look like the best team but quite often when you look back on years gone by at team photographs, you think we had a good group there.
“Without looking forward, I want to reflect on this group of people, men, players, staff. I think we’ll look back on this year’s team as a special team regardless. What happens next, who knows, but I’m going to enjoy being with this group.”
He is now rumoured to be signing for Salford Red Devils.