“It’s good to be back” – Bevan French reacts to UK return after “tough 12 months”

It’s been a tough 18 months for Bevan French.

The mercurial fullback was red hot in 2020 but was on the wrong end of some bad luck when St Helens won the Grand Final on the back of a bouncing ball that fell nicely for Jack Welsby to write his name in history.

To make matters worse for French, his 2021 campaign was cut short by injury meaning we never got to see his superb partnership with Jackson Hastings flourish again as it had the year before.

Then, sadly, French had to deal with the passing of his mother which delayed his return to England before it was delayed further when he tested positive for Covid-19.

So, things are perfectly posed for French to come back and shine on the back of so much adversity. His could be one of the finest stories in Super League this year and one of the most uplifting and inspiring tales the competition has seen.

First thing’s first however, French will have to find a way in the side following the exhilarating performances of Jai Field at fullback. Field was man of the match for Wigan in the first two games of the season and scored a superb hat-trick against Leeds in Round Two.

With lots of attributes akin to what makes French so devastating, the duo could be one of the most dangerous attacking threats Super League has ever seen if coach Matt Peet can find a way to include both in the same side which there are a number of ways of doing so as we have previously looked at and you can read about here.

Right now, it does seem like finding a way to play both is the challenge facing Peet who previously said on the matter: “I’m sure we’ll look forward to having Bevan back, you’ve got to make room for class players.”

That moment where we could see Field and French line up alongside each other in this refreshing Wigan side seems to be edging closer following French’s return to the UK on the back of what has been a difficult time for him and his family.

Nonetheless, he seems as positive as ever taking to Instagram to emphasise just how glad he is to be back at Wigan.

He said: “It’s good to be back & I’m looking forward to the road ahead getting the body right physically & mentally after a tough 12 months. Can’t wait to be back on the field & contribute in any way possible.”

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