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Nephew of Wigan Warriors legend Martin Offiah completes huge football transfer

Nephew of Wigan Warriors legend Martin Offiah, Odel Offiah, is set to complete a move to Wigan Athletic after a stint at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

The news was broken by Wigan Today and ahead of that switch, Brighton technical director David Weir – dad of ex-Latics Academy star Jensen – said: “Odel has been around the first team picture for a while now, but we want him to get regular minutes.

“It was great for us to have another academy graduate get their first taste of Premier League football last season, something Odel had earned.

“And we’re looking forward to seeing how he adapts to this new challenge in Scotland. We wish him the best of luck for the season.”

It will be a fantastic signing for the Wigan club. Offiah’s former team Wigan Warriors are preparing for the new season including the World Club Challenge. Ahead of February’s clash with NRL Champions Penrith Panthers at the DW Stadium the club are looking ahead to the game and the 15,000 fans who will be in attendance.

The Warriors, who are the most successful English side in the World Club Challenge with four wins, will be aiming to make further history by joining Sydney Roosters in lifting the trophy a record five times.

From becoming the first English side to be crowned World Champions, to winning in front of a record crowd attendance Down Under, the club won their title on a historic night unfolded at Central Park as 36,895 spectators watched Wigan Warriors become the first English side to win the competition after David Stephenson kicked four goals in the victory.

Whilst no tries were scored on the night, the sides competed in a fiery contest which saw Manly’s Ron Gibbs sent off for elbowing Joe Lydon.

Former Warriors player and head coach Shaun Wane said: “I remember the smell of fireworks from the changing rooms before the match which added to the great atmosphere outside. Manly were man for man better than us that night but we showed English spirit and matched them for firepower which won us the game.”

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