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Wigan Warriors beat NRL club to major re-signing

Wigan Warriors star Harry Smith has now signed an extended deal to remain at the club until the end of the 2027 season in a major move for the Cherry and Whites as they look to defend their title in 2024 and battle for the World Club Challenge against Penrith Panthers.

A former St. Jude’s ARLFC junior, Widnes-born Smith joined Wigan’s Scholarship system as a 14-year-old from Halton Farnworth Hornets.

The half back’s rise through the Academy saw him become captain of the Under-19s, as well as a three-time Grand Final winner (2017, 2018 and 2019) and the 2018 Under-19s Player of the Year.

Smith was influential as he captained England’s Academy side to a 2-0 series win against Australia in December 2018.

In 2019, the scrum half joined Swinton Lions on loan in the Championship, as well as playing for Wigan’s Under-19s.

He made his first team debut for Wigan in September 2019, coming off the bench and scoring a try in a 46-12 win over Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.

After a special season, Smith was rewarded internationally, with a call up to the England Knights squad for the first time and started in the halves in the 38-6 international fixture win over Jamaica in October 2019.

Smith impressed in his first full season in the first team in 2020, making 17 appearances, scoring four tries and converting two drop goals. His injection of creativity throughout the campaign helped Wigan to their first League Leaders’ Shield since 2012.

2021 saw Smith’s career go one step further, the Half back played in every game for Wigan, a total of 28. Smith went over for 3 tries and notched 32 goals in the 2021 season.

Smith played a vital role in the 2022 Challenge Cup Final, scoring a try in the first half, kicking 2/3 conversions and a grubber kick to cause Liam Marshall’s winning try.

Named Young Player of the Year at the annual Club awards, Smith made 24 appearances in 2022, scoring 7 tries, 94 goals and 2 match-winning drop goals.

Smith made his full England debut in October 2022 as he came off the bench as England beat Fiji 50-0 and is now an England regular as seen by his form in the 2023 series against Tonga where he was outstanding being nominated for the Golden Boot.

He was outstanding in the 2023 season and was unlucky not to win the Harry Sunderland Award as Wigan won the Grand Final.

Smith has now signed an extended deal with the club which will keep him at Wigan until the end of 2027 and Zero Tackle have now revealed that the Warriors fended off plenty of NRL clubs to keep Smith at the club.

A sign of the powerhouse they truly are.

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