Matt Peet explains Wigan Warriors surprise move for Castleford Tigers man

Wigan Warriors have confirmed the surprise signing of former Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity and Leigh Leopards man Ryan Hampshire who can cover a number of positions.

Hampshire is a product of the Wigan academy and debuted for the club a decade ago and is returning as the club’s number 32.

He has signed a one year deal with the club with an option for another two years after that.

It has been a bit of a surprise, now Matt Peet has explained the decision to bring in the former Wigan man who debuted in a 33-32 win over Widnes Vikings back in 2013.

“I have stayed in contact with Ryan over the years and know him well. When the possibility came up to sign him, I discussed it fully with my coaching team and our playing group. We believe Ryan is a talented player and we can bring even more out of him,” Peet said on the club’s website of the move for Hampshire.

“He will provide important backup options across halfbacks, full-back and three-quarters and can drive competition for places.

“Ryan is recovering from a long-term ACL injury but our experienced medical team have performed stringent medicals to ensure that he is where he needs to be. Plans have been put in place to guide him through the final two months of rehabilitation.

“Ryan has always been a committed professional and a great trainer and I am confident that we are now getting a mature rugby player with exactly the right attitude to fit in with the selfless, team-culture environment so important to Wigan’s whole approach and I know our fans will give him a warm welcome”

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