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Former Wigan Warriors star agrees contract to keep playing at 38 years old

At 38 years of age, former Wigan Warriors star Harrison Hansen has continued his career by agreeing a new deal at Toulouse Olympique to go into his 20th season as a professional rugby league player.

A product of the Wigan Warriors academy, the second-row is a former Super League Champion and guided Toulouse to the Super League for the first time at the end of 2021 and sadly was unable to keep the French club in the league.

In 2023, he nearly guided them back to the Super League only to lose the Championship Grand Final against London Broncos.

But with Toulouse knocking on the door of Super League under IMG finishing 10th in their 2023 rankings, he has agreed to continue guiding the club forward.

With over 300 Super League appearances, Harrison joined Toulouse in 2020. For 3 seasons now, Hansen has been a real member of the Olympian group, bringing his aggressiveness and all his experience at the highest level. In the 2023 season, the club’s captain has made 25 appearances and scored one try.

At 38 years old and with nearly 450 professional games played, the versatile forward will begin his 20th year of professional football.

“I am very happy to have extended my adventure with Toulouse,” he said after agreeing the new deal.

“Me and my family love Toulouse and the French way of life. I’m lucky that my body is still in good condition, I still enjoy playing with this group.

“I want to continue to help grow the club and I will do everything possible to get back to the Super League.”

Toulouse Olympique coach Sylvain Houles added: “Harrison is a true legend of our sport, who surprises us every year. Despite his age, he pushes all his limits to give 100% whether in training or in matches. He is the ‘dad’ of the group.

“I am delighted to be able to count on him next year, he will be a model to follow for the whole group.”

The French club now have new owners and are showing plenty of ambition to make their way back to Super League in 2025 with plenty of funding going into the team.

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