Again, the future of Bevan French continues to do the rounds.
After it was reported by News Corp Down Under that the Australian livewire would be heading for the Newcastle Knights from 2023 onwards, there appears to be some obstacle to that potential deal.
According to The Mole at the Wide World of Sports, Wigan Warriors are determined to keep ahold of the flyer so much so in fact that The Mole reports: “Wigan will throw more money at French than the Knights are prepared to pay, leaving him with the old dilemma – money or happiness.”
Whilst French was on the periphery at former NRL club Parramatta Eels, he has taken to Super League like a duck to water, and, after overcoming a nasty injury, has proved himself as one of Super League’s most potent attacking weapon.
Indeed, in July, French set a new Super League record for the amount of tries scored in a game with a remarkable seven in a massive 60-0 win over Hull FC.
French’s future has perhaps been one of the most talked about in rugby league history with a new twist seemingly occurring at every possible opportunity.
Wigan head coach Matt Peet has repeatedly reiterated his desire to keep French at the club, stating: “We are in constant communication with Bevan,” Peet told Wigan Today.
“They’re not very complicated discussions, they are just open and honest. We know where his head is at, and he knows where we are at, so we will just continue to talk.”
The Australian himself had previously revealed that he was ‘pretty close’ to getting a deal done.
“I’m getting pretty close,” French said on Sky Sports.
“But, I’ve been saying that for the least few weeks that I’m close.”
However, there still appears to be a number of twists and turns for French’s future to take before a deal will be finalised.