Wigan Warriors have enjoyed a stellar 2022 so far.
Second in the Super League table – only behind St Helens on points difference – and in the Challenge Cup Final, it’s fair to say that Wigan have improved drastically from 2022.
At the helm is Wiganer Matty Peet who knows just what the club means to the town. But, just who should he sign going into 2023?
Mason Lino – Wakefield Trinity
With Tommy Leuluai winding down his career, it’s no secret that Wigan perhaps need a third halfback alongside Cade Cust and Harry Smith going forward. One man that suits the position down to the ground is Wakefield Trinity’s Mason Lino who has impressed greatly in 2022. With a superb goalkicking ability and a devastating running game, Lino would fit in seamlessly. Viewers would also see the diminutive number seven thrive in such an environment as the one that Peet is creating at the DW Stadium.
Joe Lovodua – Hull FC
It’s probably not going to happen considering Hull FC hold the cards with his contract, but Joe Lovodua has been mightily impressive in 2022. And, with Tommy Leuluai likely retiring and Sam Powell winding down the clock, the Warriors are perhaps in need of a versatile playmaker – and Lovodua fits that bill entirely. Of course, prising him away from the Black and Whites could be unlikely, but stranger things have happened in the transfer market due to the salary cap.
Dean Whare – Catalans Dragons
Wigan need a centre and Dean Whare is out of contract at Catalans Dragons at the end of 2022 – could it be an easy match? The departure of Zak Hardaker has left something of a gap in there, though Jake Bibby and Iain Thornley have performed admirably in recent weeks. However, Bibby is tipped to be leaving and so another centre could well be at the top of Matty Peet’s wish list going forward and Whare would be a welcome addition. Although he has been out for over two months with injury, the former Penrith star is a high-quality player.