Bevan French has arguably been one of the greatest transfers in the recent decade in Super League.
The livewire fullback has fit in like a glove at the DW Stadium, but is out of contract at the end of the 2022 season.
Despite being such a prominent figure on the field for Wigan, French has also been a key driver in the good culture off it with the sad passing of his mother early this year seemingly bringing the whole club closer together than ever before.
Last year French’s season was cruelly ended prematurely by injury before he had to deal with the loss of his mum and he explained just how emotional he was after the Challenge Cup Final win over Huddersfield: “It’s pretty surreal, over the moon with it all. It’s crazy, the crowd, the atmosphere, the way we won as well, just crazy.”
For him it was all about his mum and he explained that before she passed away she told him to return to Wigan and produce a moment like this: “The last 12 months have been tough and today it all led down to this moment.
“It doesn’t seem real. Me and my mum spoke about these moments when she was still here.
“She told me to come back and contribute to winning some silverware for Wigan because of the way they supported me in this period.”
That’s exactly what French did and has done, but it remains to be seen if the former Parramatta Eels star will sign a new deal given the ordeal he has been through with his family waiting back home.
He was bizarrely linked with a move to Hull FC earlier this month, but that was quickly squashed yet the link continues to do the rounds on social media.
However, that speculation continues to grow, but Hodgson would not be drawn on that.
“I appreciate you do have to ask but I hope you appreciate that I’m not going to deal with speculation on any player, let alone at our club or somewhere else,” Hodgson told Hull Live.
“We are in the market for a number of players, we will also have some of our players potentially not here beyond this contract. That’s part of the job.”