Wigan halfback Jarrod Sammut considered playing part time rugby and getting another job away from the game before signing for the Warriors, he revealed to Wigan Today.
The 32-year-old was left pondering his future after rejecting a contract to stay with newly-promoted London Broncos at the end of last season.
Sammut played a key part in the Broncos’ return to the top flight, kicking all of their points in the mammoth 4-2 upset over Toronto in the Million Pound Game.
However, despite being offered a fresh deal to stay with Danny Ward’s side, the former Crusaders, Wakefield and Bradford man decided he wanted to return north with his family, even if that meant going part-time.
That was when Wigan came calling.
“I was already speaking to a few Championship clubs and, if Wigan hadn’t have come in for me, I would probably have signed with one of them,” he said.
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“It probably wasn’t the end of the world but I would have had to go get myself a job because the rugby would have been part-time.
“That’s something I’m going to get used to eventually but I am quite thankful and very blessed to still be playing Super League and in a full-time environment.
“I love pushing myself and seeing how far I can go with my boundaries and Wigan’s a club where boundaries are only set by your mindset.
“It probably took a bit longer than I would have liked to get settled in. I had a severe injury which kept me out for 10 weeks so that hampered me.
“But I’m back into it now and when I’m on the field I don’t want to let them down.”