Wigan Warriors have confirmed the signing of Swinton outside back Chris Hankinson on a deal till the end of 2020, with the option of a one year extension.
Wigan’s injury woes worsened this week with confirmation of Oliver Gildart out for a few weeks, leaving Shaun Wane’s side short in the backs with George Williams, Dominic Manfredi, Joe Burgess and Liam Forsyth out, plus concerns that Dan Sarginson is not fully fit to play. This signing seems to come at a priceless time with Wigan taking on fierce rivals and fellow title contenders St. Helens, this Thursday.
Hankinson looks ready to feature on Thursday after being announced in the squad, subject to RFL approval.
Swinton agreed to the move with their dual-registration partners, which included Wigan youngsters Joe Brown, Craig Mullen and Macauley Davies joining up with the Lions on loan for the remainder of 2018.
Executive Director, Kris Radlinski: “Chris is a player who we’ve been impressed with for some time. He is a dynamic centre; possesses good footwork and is a danger with ball in hand.
“He’s developed under the stewardship of Stuart Littler at Swinton and we believe that he’ll come into our environment and flourish. Chris is keen to progress his career at this level and we believe he’ll add quality to our backline options. Our thanks must go to Swinton Chairman Andy Mazey and Head Coach Stuart Littler, who have been co-operative throughout this process and it’s another example of how strong the Wigan-Swinton relationship is.
“This hasn’t been a rushed decision, as we’ve been impressed with Chris’ ability when we’ve been tracking our own players in the Swinton set-up this year. Chris will be a great addition to the group and we’re looking forward to seeing him contribute in the Cherry & White very soon.”
Hankinson said: “I’m absolutely made up with signing for the team I’ve grown up watching as a kid. I can’t wait to get stuck in and a do a job for the club. It will be a great story to tell.
“I want to thank Swinton for their help and the support they’ve given me, especially Stuart Littler, Andy Mazey and Dave Peet for allowing me to take this opportunity with Wigan.”