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Ian Lenagan explains why Tom Davies left and gives update on Chris Hankinson’s future

At one point in the recent future, Wigan were inundated with star wingers.

The likes of Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, Tom Davies and Liam Marshall all seemed to arrive and stake their claim for the number 2 and 5 spots at the same time.

Unfortunately, for Ian Lenagan, that meant that losing one of those was always going to happen – and that paved the way for Davies’ exit.

“Tom Davies was very happy here,” Lenagan said at a recent fans’ forum.

“It wasn’t a financial issue. We had a lot of wingers at the time. We weren’t expecting that Don Manfredi would go the way he went.

“We had spare wingers, so you have let somebody go and that was Tom Davies. It was a shame.”

The Wigan chairman was also pressed over the lack of a recall for centre Chris Hankinson – who has spent all of 2021 on-loan at London Broncos – despite the fact that the Warriors had been struggling all season in the three-quarter department.

“Chris Hankinson has got one more year left on his contract. A lot of people have said why did we not drag him back this year.

“It’s a little bit different when we do month to month loans. If you’re a club who’s signing a player on a year long loan you won’t allow him to come back on a one week’s notice, you have to plan the season around him.

“So that’s why he’s not coming back. We’ll review where he’s up to. He came up about four weeks ago. It’s just dependent on the structure of the squad. He’s done very well there. They like him. He is he is an excellent goal kicker.”

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