Jackson Hastings made a good impression at Wests Tigers this year.
The Great Britain international returned down under after three and a half seasons in Super League in which he truly impressed.
He started at the Salford Red Devils saving them from relegation in 2018 before being at the heart of their fairytale run to the Grand Final in 2019 as he won the Man of Steel Award.
Following this, he made the move to Wigan Warriors helping them to the Grand Final after winning the League Leaders’ Shield only to come up short against St Helens by the bounce of a ball.
After 2021 with the Warriors, he made the move to Wests and playing six, seven and a touch at 13 has impressed many fans who see him, and not Luke Brooks who is expected to join Newcastle Knights, as the future of the side.
However, new coach Tim Sheens has a different approach to his halfbacks. He has gone all out to make some big signings arranging meetings with John Bateman of the Wigan Warriors as well as Parramatta’s star halfback Mitchell Moses during the World Cup.
He is available to negotiate with from November 1st and it is expected that the Tigers will throw millions at the halfback to tempt him to Wests.
However, they will have to wait until 2024 to sign him likely leaving the Tigers with Lebanon halfback Adam Doueihi and Hastings as their pairing in 2023 according to Zerotackle.
This means that the two will be trying to out do each other in order to nail down a place alongside Moses in 2024 which could result in a strange titanic battle between teammates.
Increasing the complexity of the situation, Hastings is also out of contract at the end of 2023 and can also be approached for a move going into 2024.