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Three clubs who could sign Willie Isa for 2025

Wigan Warriors veteran Willie Isa is off-contract

Wigan Warriors forward Willie Isa was on a list of the players off-contract in Super League this season that haven’t yet been offered new deals.

Isa has been a Wigan Warriors player for nine years, and in that time, has won three Grand Finals, two League Leaders’ Shields, the Challenge Cup and two World Club Challenges.

In over 200 appearances for them, he’s played in a number of positions, including forward roles, centre and winger.

He’s currently injured due to a ‘fracture dislocation injury‘ to his ankle, and also only played eleven games in 2023 due to numerous injuries.

However, he’s a talented player, and could be an enticing prospect for a number of Super League sides.

Three clubs who could sign Wigan Warriors veteran Willie Isa

Hull FC

A view from a corner of MKM Stadium, Hull, during Hull FC vs Hull KR in Round One of Super League 2-24. The stands are full.

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Although he didn’t play for Leeds Rhinos in 2022 like several of Hull FC’s recent signings, should he be able to return to full fitness, Isa would be a good pickup for Hull. He has that heart and desire that has been missing from the FC team for some time.

Richie Myler has already seen some big names come through the door at the MKM Stadium in his time as Director of Rugby, with Tom Briscoe and John Asiata already confirmed signings.

Standards have dropped significantly at the Black and Whites this season, but Isa is a player you can guarantee would instantly raise those standards.

He’s a competitor who leads by example in his actions rather than words but that is what Hull needs right now: less talking and more commitment and effort on the pitch.

Isa is in the final years of his career no doubt, but if Wigan opt against giving him a one-year deal then he would be a no-brainer for Myler and FC.

Leigh Leopards

Leigh fans celebrate.

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This year, Leigh haven’t been able to bring in huge names, due to the salary cap, according to Beaumont, restricting the club from spending.

However, since four overseas players off-contract next year, this may cease to be an issue, making it possible for the club to make a statement signing: Isa would be one of the biggest statement signings possible.

This is a signing that feels like it would be right out of the Derek Beaumont playbook, as it’s a huge name, but not necessarily a move for the longer-term.

A number of their players could be on the way out at the end of the year, including Ricky Leutele and Zak Hardaker.

Therefore, a starting role in the centres will almost certainly be up for grabs, and his extensive experience in that role could be key to helping the club get to where it wants to be.

However, he’d also be able to do a job in his recent primary role, at second-row.

Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 03/05/2024 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League Round 10 - Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos - AMT Headingley, Leeds, England - Leeds Jack Sinfield thanks the fans and supporters after a Super League win against London Broncos.

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Although Leeds have scored some excellent tries this season, their forward pack doesn’t seem to be clicking and they don’t have enough presence there. They lack a player of real grit and desire to lead by example.

Therefore, they’re losing the battle for field position all too often, putting them on the backfoot and preventing them from winning more games than they have done already.

A big presence is, no doubt, necessary to improve Rohan Smith’s side’s fortunes, and Isa, or current team-mate Mike Cooper, may be where the Rhinos look to for a change.

Willie Isa has won everything there is to win in British rugby league, and although he’s 35-years-old now, he may be part of what the Rhinos need to return to Super League’s elite.

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