Matt Peet explains Wigan Warriors’ decision to tie down duo as they build incredible pack for 2023

One of the main criticisms of Wigan as they struggled in 2021 was that their pack wasn’t big enough to compete with the likes of St Helens and Catalans.

So, unsurprisingly, they addressed that with three signings going into this season with Kaide Ellis and Patrick Mago being vital components in their side propelling the Warriors forward especially off the bench. Mago’s offload game is particularly impressive and he has given the Cherry and Whites something vital that every team needs in the modern game – an explosive big body to make a real impact akin to Sam Kasiano and Agnatius Paasi.

Those two featured as Wigan won the cup and Ramon Silva was another smart signing to reinforce the pack. Going into next year, the Warriors have also confirmed that Mike Cooper will be joining the club adding extra quality to their middles.

But importantly, Wigan have today secured the services of two of their current pack in Ethan Havard and Liam Byrne both of whom are enjoying brilliant seasons.

Byrne has established himself as a brilliant starting prop alongside Brad Singleton whilst Havard has become a sublime impact sub.

Byrne’s new deal means he will be at the club until 2025 whilst Havard’s sees him stay until 2024.

Matt Peet has explained the decision to give the duo new deals speaking to the club website today: “Liam has developed himself into a lead front rower which is testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a pleasure to work with and is someone we are really proud of. We look forward to seeing him develop further.

“Ethan has a very professional approach to his game and has worked hard to achieve what he has so far. He is very determined to take his game to the next level which is exciting for him and the Club.”

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