Wigan Warriors’ two signings going into 2023 have both been star centres.
Toby King joins from Warrington Wolves on loan whilst Jake Wardle, who was involved in a swap deal with King last year, joins Wigan on a three-year deal from Huddersfield Giants.
However, the major incoming last winter was of course new coach Matty Peet who vowed to develop the culture at Wigan and make the club part of the community, a promise he has made good on especially recently with players going into local schools.
It is this that drew Wardle to Wigan when Peet sold the club to him as he spoke about the decision to join the Warriors having helped at a local school with Harry Smith and Sam Powell.
“The big things Matty Peet sold to me about Wigan were culture and this is a way to create that,” Wardle, who signed a three-year contract with the Warriors in October, told Sky Sports.
“It’s about giving back to the kids as well who come and support us on gamedays and inspiring the next generation as well.
“Every club tries to do it and it’s about growing the game, so the more people who can get involved the better.”