It’s coming to that time again when clubs nail down the futures of those they want to keep, but for some, it will be time to leave.
So, we at Serious About Rugby League believed it would be good to start off a series including those players from clubs whose futures are still yet to be decided.
Next up are Wigan Warriors.
He’s been at Wigan since 2020 and in that time, Jake Bibby has become a try-scoring machine, either as a winger or centre. Whether he still remains in Adrian Lam’s thinking is another question altogether.
He came back to Wigan in 2019 after leaving as a youngster and made an instant impact. However, first-team opportunities have been limited in 2021, with rumours of a move to Warrington continuing to grow.
Currently out of action for eight games due to an alleged racist remark, Tony Clubb is now 33. And, despite being at Wigan since 2014, the prop may find himself parting ways with the Warriors.
Currently out of action due to a hamstring injury, Bevan French is technically out of contract at the end of the season, though the club does have an option in their favour. The fullback has been sensational since arriving midway through 2019, but has often been touted to return to Australia.
Over 150 appearances and five years at Wigan later, Willie Isa finds himself out of contract at the age of 32. He’s been a mainstay at Wigan in that time and a deal is likely to be struck because he doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.
A Wigan legend in every sense of the word, Tommy Leuluai is approaching the twilight of his career aged 35. The playmaker has spent a combined nine years at the DW Stadium in two spells, but he may fall short of a decade in cherry-and-white when the 2021 season ends.
Having been linked with a move away for the past few months, there is uncertainty about Dom Manfredi’s Wigan career. The winger has been at the Warriors since 2013, but has spent a lot of time on the sidelines. Still only 27, Manfredi would, however, offer a lot to another Super League side.
One of Wigan’s most improved players in recent seasons, Sam Powell is still only 28 despite notching up over 220 appearances for the Warriors. Both parties will probably want to get a deal done soon and it would be a huge surprise if the hooker didn’t end his career at the club.