Ex-Wigan Warriors star Jackson Hastings admits he still “loves” former club despite difficult exit

Jackson Hastings is well respected by many of his former clubs.

Hastings is beloved by Salford Red Devils for guiding them to the Grand Final in 2019 as he won the Man of Steel.

Meanwhile, he would also be welcomed back by Wigan Warriors with open arms.

However, his departure from Wests Tigers is a bit more complex.

He was well loved by the fans but former Hull KR boss Tim Sheens didn’t see him as his halfback instead trusting Luke Brooks and Adam Doueihi which led to Hastings’ move to Newcastle Knights in 2023 despite having 12 months left on his deal at the Tigers.

The halfback has insisted that he still loves the Tigers despite an exit which left him “angry” and “disappointed” as he revealed in The Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m a big boy, I’ve been in way worse situations than what has just gone on,” Hastings said to the Herald.

“I still love the club, and when I say I want them to do well, I genuinely mean it.

“I’ve got no hard feelings towards anyone at the Tigers. When I go back to Leichhardt in Round 2, hopefully I’m not booed because I really do love the club and enjoyed the year I had there.

“Hopefully both clubs go on to make the finals next year and we meet in a big game.”

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