Jackson Hastings opens up on his relationship ex-Wigan Warriors boss who helped contribute to his recent exit

Jackson Hastings left Wests Tigers after one year into a two-year deal with the club as he featured in a swap deal with David Klemmer heading to the Newcastle Knights in 2023 ending their halfback problem following the departure of Mitchell Pearce’s move to Catalans Dragons and Jake Clifford’s move to Hull FC.

The move has been diagnosed again and again by on lookers and many have suggested that the departure of former Wigan Warriors boss Michael Maguire who has taken the assistant coach role at Canberra Raiders in 2023.

Hastings loved playing for Maguire and it is of course his new coach and ex-Hull KR boss Tim Sheens who doesn’t see him as a halfback and has prompted this move.

“I would have done anything on the field for Madge, and probably off the field as well – he made me feel like I was 10 foot tall and could run through a brick wall,” Hastings said to Sydney Morning Herald.

“We still talk two or three times a week, and it’s not even about football.

“He’ll ask me about my family, my mum, my sisters – it’s a special relationship that happens every so often with people you meet. I have a mate for life.”

Hastings will soon be joined by Super League stars Will Pryce from Huddersfield Giants and his former Wigan teammate Kai Pearce-Paul who will both join the club in 2024.

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