Have Wigan had an overseas signing as much loved as Pat Richards in the modern game?
Probably not and here’s why; the rangy winger joined in 2006 and left at the end of 2013, with almost 2,500 points and nearly 250 appearances later.
In that time, Richards won the 2010 and 2013 Super League Grand Finals as well as the 2011 Challenge Cup. Individually, however, his achievements were incredible; he was awarded the Man of Steel in 2010 and became the highest overseas points-scorer in the competition’s history.
But, prior to his time in England, the Irish international winger was also part of the Wests Tigers side that won their one and only NRL Premiership in 2005 having left his first club the Parramatta Eels in 2003.
Richards returned to Wests after leaving Wigan in 2013 before enjoying one more year in Super League with the Catalans Dragons in 2016.
Now though, the Daily Telegraph has revealed that the 39-year-old has taken up a coaching role with the Tigers as the club attempts to overhaul its recent demise.
Wests haven’t finished in the top eight play-offs for the past decade, and, with Tim Sheens now director of football, the Concord club will be hoping that their fortunes will be about to change.