Jai Field was signed ahead of the 2021 Super League season by the Wigan Warriors, but things have gone far from smoothly for the Australian.
In just his first game for the Cherry and Whites, Field suffered a hamstring tear which needed to be operated on.
But, even before he made his return, the elusive playmaker suffered a groin injury ahead of Wigan’s fixture with Castleford and missed the rest of the season.
And, Field was bitterly frustrated with how his first year went: “I’m obviously quite disappointed in how the year was for me, getting that hamstring injury in Round 1, having 18 weeks on the sidelines and then struggling to get back.
“All in all I’ve enjoyed my first year at Wigan and the Club has been great, they’ve aided my rehab well. It was disappointing the way we went out of the competition this year, I think everyone here didn’t expect it but overall my time here so far has been good but I’m looking forward to getting on the field again next year and hopefully staying on it.”
Field remains fit after overcoming his recent groin injury, and is training hard at Robin Park Arena: “I have had those injuries so I’m just trying to do some strengthening on my hamstring, keep things ticking over and not let my body go too much. I want to start the year strong and hit the ground running.”
Looking ahead to the new season, Field said: “There’s a lot of talk about the 150 years, it’s a great year to be at the Club and great timing for me to be able to be here as we celebrate it. I’m looking forward to that, it’s going to be a big year.”
2022 is a brand new era for Wigan following the departure of head coach Adrian Lam and the appointment of Matty Peet, with Sean O’Loughlin and Lee Briers as his assistants.