Bevan French has become one of the most electric signings in Super League history.
With the ability to spot a gap in an instant and with incredible pace and agility, French can destroy a rival side in seconds whilst his wizardry alongside fellow livewire Jai Field has been something to behold in Super League in 2022.
But, with French’s contract coming to an end once this year’s season has been completed, there has been numerous rumours over potential destinations as well as continued belief that the Australian could stay at the DW Stadium.
There is no wonder, therefore, that his services are in demand, but Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet wants to see French stay at the DW Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Jenna Brooks revealed on Sky Sports a fortnight ago: “There are hopes that the Wigan back will remain at the club and he is said to be close.
“They hope that he does remain but there is still an attraction for him to return home.”
And, Peet himself spoke about his admiration for French following Wigan’s thrashing of Wakefield Trinity a fortnight ago.
“It’s good to have a variety of threats and Bevan is one of them. He’s a player you love to watch.
“I actually think Bevan is the most dangerous when you think there is nothing there for him, so when everyone stops and waits that’s when he gets in.
“He’s a special player, he took some towering kicks today and he’s great to work with. Sometimes when the game is nip and tuck and when Wakefield had a bit of joy, sometimes it’s down to those little bits that Bevan provides.
“I wouldn’t say he’s any closer (to signing a new deal) but we are in communication.”
However, no deal has yet been signed with French being linked to a move to Hull FC a month or so ago only for Hull boss Brett Hodgson to dismiss the claims of a potential deal.
One rumour appeared on Twitter about a potential deal with Leigh Centurions, but those rumours were quickly put to bed.
Of course, French has also been linked with a move back home with the Australian having unfinished business in the NRL after being left on the periphery by Parramatta Eels when he was last Down Under.
It remains to be seen where French’s future may lie in 2023, but with the 26-year-old only penning one-year deals with the Warriors, who’s to say he will not be staying in Super League whether at Wigan or not.