Yesterday Tim Sheens told the Canberra Times that Jackson Hastings would be staying at Wests Tigers in 2023.
This is because he is under contract until the end of next season. That said, he did state that Newcastle Knights target Luke Brooks would be his halfback leaving Hastings to battle with Adam Doueihi over the number six jersey or move to 13 where he finished last season.
All three of these playmakers are in the final years of their deals and as Wests chase Parramatta star Mitchell Moses their futures are all unclear.
It was believed that one of them could leave prior to the 2023 season especially with the Knights chasing Brooks and offering up Wests target David Klemmer in a swap deal.
However, in an interesting twist, it might be ex-Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils halfback Jackson Hastings going to Newcastle in 2023.
This comes as legendary NRL halfback Andrew Johns who had a brief but memorable stint at the Warrington Wolves in 2005 has made a phonecall to Hastings imploring him to consider a move to his former club the Newcastle Knights where he operates as assistant coach.
This is according to Fox League and Zerotackle who have said Johns has made a personal plea to the former Wigan halfback.
Hastings would be the long term successor to Mitchell Pearce who left the club a year ago to join Catalans Dragons.