May 1st has come and gone and now out-of-contract stars are able to talk and negotiate with other clubs.
That, of course, sends the rumour mill into overdrive with anybody and anyone linked at this time of year with deals being signed left, right and centre for next year and beyond. And, though the transfer market has closed for the remainder of the season, preparations will be well underway for 2023.
For Wigan head coach Matt Peet, there isn’t likely to be many changes to his 2022 squad, but who could he potentially target?
Dean Whare – Catalans Dragons
With Jake Bibby likely leaving at the end of the season and Iain Thornley struggling with injury, a move for 32-year-old Dean Whare could be a short-term fix – and one that would pay off. The Catalans centre has had his demons with injuries in 2022 so far, but his return to the Dragons outfit has seen the French side shore up their defence on the right edge. With vital NRL games under his belt, Whare would bring some extra experience that could be crucial for such a young Wigan team.
Tee Ritson – Barrow Raiders
The Barrow Raiders man is gaining so much praise from players, fans and the ordinary person in the street for the way in which he is terrorising defences in the Championship. After a stellar season in League 1 with the Cumbrian side, it was questioned whether or not Tee Ritson would have the same impact in the second tier. Well, he has answered any such questions with a number of incredible tries and performances to put Super League sides on alert. The Thai international is certainly one of the hottest prospects outside of the top flight at present and Wigan could perhaps do with another exciting winger on their books.
Jack Cogger – Huddersfield Giants
It’s perhaps one out of left field, but Jack Cogger has been impressive for Huddersfield whenever he has taken to the field. Unfortunately, the halfback has been cut down by injuries in 2022 and has thus been unable to nail down a starting spot in the Giants’ side. That being said, Cogger is just 24 and so has age on his side, but he is also out of contract at the end of the season making him a more attractive prospect for a Wigan club that could potentially lose Tommy Leuluai to retirement and Bevan French elsewhere.