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Wigan on the move for halfback

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Wigan are eyeing up a replacement for NRL-bound Jackson Hastings.

Kris Radlinski, Wigan’s General Manager, spoke at the Warriors’ fans’ forum earlier in the week about recruitment and possible signings making their way through the door.

With Jackson Hastings on his way back to the NRL and Tommy Leuluai set to miss the rest of the season through injury prompting calls of his retirement, Wigan must sign a halfback for 2022 and beyond.

And, Radlinski knows exactly that.

“We’ve got a little bit of salary cap space left, there is something built in for a new half back. And I’m very, very confident that we will have an extremely strong squad,” Radlinski said.

“If I look at other Super League squads at the moment, there are a few, and I will mention Saints, that they’re beginning to have some of the issues that we’ve had for a number of years where you start to win trophies, players want more money, younger players get spoken about in NRL circles.

“Obviously, they lost Luke Thompson and I know another club have a few conversations going on at the minute where retaining these players is going to be a challenge. And it’s a challenge for every Super League club.

“I think when you see the Super League squads, at the start of next season, you will see probably teams with reduced rosters. Speaking to clubs at Super League meetings, a lot of teams are cutting the cloth accordingly.

“One of the things that we we thought would happen was an increase in the salary cap. The salary cap is 2.1 million. The talent pool of players at the moment is not getting any bigger. But people are now being able to demand the money.”

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