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Reports: Wigan Warriors star will return to NRL soon

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Wigan Warriors star Bevan French has always been linked with a return to the NRL.

At the end of 2022, he was expected by many to take up a deal with Newcastle Knights in the NRL but instead he committed to Wigan.

But now as the Man of Steel and a Grand Final winner, he has done everything there is to do over in the UK, and the Daily Telegraph has reported that it is “only a matter of time” until French returns to the NRL.

He has also been backed by former Hull KR halfback Brad Schneider to make the return.

“He’s a skilful player, a very exciting player that everyone loves to watch,” Schneider said.

“He’s very talented at what he is. Very off the cuff, plays what he sees, a bit hard to predict what he’s going to do because you never know what he’s going to do.

“I bet half the time he doesn’t know what he’s going to do.

“I reckon he’d give it a good crack. I reckon especially over here, he’s killing it over here, it wouldn’t be hard for him to find a spot back in the NRL,” Schneider said.

Schneider looks ahead to Wigan Warriors clash

Wigan Warriors v Hull KR Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 07/10/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Semi Final – Wigan Warriors v Hull KR – DW Stadium, Wigan, England – Hull KR s Brad Schneider dejected after his side s loss to Wigan. Wigan DW Stadium

Schneider said this ahead of his new club’s meeting with Wigan Warriors in the World Club Challenge as Penrith Panthers look to secure the world title for the first time.

Schneider knows Wigan well after playing against them in two semi-finals last year.

“They’re a quality side. Straight away out of the block, we had an awful 10 minutes,” he said.

“It’s just trying to put them in a cycle, end-to-end footy. It’s building fatigue into them rather than let them have all the ball. If they have the ball for a long period of time, they’ll punish you for it.”

He also reflected on his time with Hull KR: “Coming over to England was one of the best things that happened to me. I’ve learnt so much just in the couple of months I was here. I definitely recommend it for young halves,” he said.

“As a player I’ve grown a lot, especially being so young. I’d 100 per cent recommend it.”

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