Jackson Hastings has become one of the most talked about stars in rugby league in the past few years.
After joining the Salford Red Devils on a deal towards the back end of the 2018 Super League season, no one could perhaps have predicted where that contract would take Hastings.
The Australian halfback had endured a difficult few years in the NRL with both the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles, and so he took up an opportunity in Super League for a so-called last chance saloon.
That kickstarted a rejuvenation of Hastings’ career as he became a much-loved idol at Salford, helping the Red Devils to their first ever Super League Grand Final in 2019 and in doing so earned a big move to the Wigan Warriors.
The halfback was then able to guide the Lancashire club to a Grand Final, too, in 2020 but on both occasions they lost out to St Helens.
Those brilliant seasons in Super League was enough to hook the interest of NRL sides and Hastings was given a shot at Wests Tigers ahead of the 2023 season.
That being said, the 26-year-old has been linked with a move away, with the likes of Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights linked with a big deal, but the Daily Telegraph has now revealed just how much Hastings is on at Wests.
In the paper’s 100 Rich List of the NRL, Hastings is at number 97 on a deal worth $500,000 – or just under a staggering £300,000 in English pounds.
The Daily Telegraph stated: “Returned in the off-season from almost four years in England and has been a fixture in the Tigers side this season, generally in the halves but more recently at lock. He kicked a match winning field goal to sink Parramatta in Round 6. Has one year remaining on his deal and has already been linked with a move elsewhere as the Tigers juggle their halves dilemma with Adam Doueihi and Luke Brooks both on the books.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Hastings will move from Wests, but the logjam in the halves could work against the former Wigan and Salford man.