Wigan have already confirmed the departures of Oliver Gildart and Jackson Hastings, but who should the Warriors look to sign to bolster their ranks for 2022?
Iain Thornley – Leigh Centurions
He’s already been rumoured to have signed for boyhood club Wigan after a long spell away from the DW Stadium, but it would be a signing that would certainly make sense. With Oliver Gildart departing, the Warriors are in need of a centre – particularly with how 2021 has shaped up so far in terms of head coach Adrian Lam moving the likes of Liam Farrell and Willie Isa to cover in the backs.
Konrad Hurrell – Leeds Rhinos
Konrad Hurrell is set to leave Leeds at the end of 2021 when his marquee contract ends and, could well look for opportunities elsewhere with the Rhinos unlikely to offer beyond that. Again, Wigan need a centre and the experience and toughness of Hurrell would be a match made in heaven.
Adam Swift – Hull FC
Being a St Helens lad, a move to Wigan may well be frowned upon by Adam Swift, but it would be a cracking signing for the Warriors after the winger has stepped up in 2021 in emphatic fashion. Though Swift has earned big raps from head coach Brett Hodgson, a new contract still hasn’t been agreed and Wigan would perhaps guarantee a starting spot – especially if the rumours about Dom Manfredi leaving are true.
Samisoni Langi – Catalans Dragons
A utility back that can play in both the centres and halfback, Samisoni Langi would provide great competition for places, especially with the departure of Jackson Hastings confirmed. Wigan need a centre and Langi has proved in recent seasons that he can more than step up in that department, with his halfback credentials increasing his worth to an even greater extent.
Josh Jones – Huddersfield Giants
For one reason or another, Josh Jones’ career seems to have somewhat stagnated after moves to Hull FC and Huddersfield, but a high-profile transfer to Wigan could be the catalyst that the former Saint needs to rejuvenate his career. The competition for places in the back-row at the Warriors could bring the best out of Jones, as the 28-year-old still has much to give in Super League.