If you’d have asked a Wests Tigers fan who the club’s best player would have been in 2022, few would probably have said Jackson Hastings.
After making a name for himself in the Super League with both Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors, the playmaker earned a deal back in the NRL, four years after leaving under a cloud from Manly Sea Eagles.
However, though Hastings has been playing a starring role for Wests, the results still have not been going their way.
And, with the Tigers having just three wins to their name at the beginning of 2022, Michael Maguire was given his marching orders leaving a number of Wests players apparently in limbo after moving to Concord for the former Wigan Warriors boss to lead them.
One of those who has been linked with a move away has been Hastings whose switch to number 7 has galvanised a struggling Tigers side, but there is no shortage of suitors for the halfback.
In fact, one of those sides who are gunning for a potential deal is the Canterbury Bulldogs, who have struggled to form a string of wins together despite the sacking of Trent Barrett.
Under Mick Potter, results have taken a considerable upturn, but could that be enough to lure Hastings to Belmore, especially with Maguire linked with the Canterbury head coaching role.
The former Wigan Warriors man, who led Salford Red Devils to a Grand Final in 2019 and then Wigan the year after, had also emerged as a potential target for Newcastle Knights as well in recent weeks.
The Knights have struggled for consistency in the halves with Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Tex Hoy, Anthony Milford and Phoenix Crossland all having a shot there.
However, it’s the Gold Coast Titans that have apparently perked up at the thought of luring Hastings, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin, with head coach Justin Holbrook under severe fire following a shocking season so far.
The Titans lie bottom of the NRL ladder and have struggled considerably in the halves in 2022.