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Wigan Warriors confirm surprise signing of Huddersfield Giants centre

One area Wigan have looked at recruiting has been the centres going into 2023.

The Warriors have struggled in that department in 2022 with Zak Hardaker leaving for Leeds, Jake Bibby headed to Huddersfield and Iain Thornley in and out of injuries.

They’ve already signed Toby King on loan from Warrington for next year.

King signed a big deal going into the 2022 season at Warrington but things didn’t go to plan and he was sent out on loan to Huddersfield in a swap for Jake Wardle.

Huddersfield wanted to make the deal permanent but Warrington wanted another loan culminating in King’s move to Wigan and Wardle returning to Huddersfield.

However the Giants have signed Bibby and NRL centres Kevin Naiqama and Esan Marsters for 2023.

Despite losing Ricky Leutele for 2023, the Giants have plenty of options in the centres with Leroy Cudjoe signing a new deal too and Innes Senior capable of playing there.

This has resulted in Wardle being allowed to follow King to Wigan on a three year deal.

He ironically will team up with the man he swapped around with in 2022 as two class English centres arrive at the DW Stadium.

Wardle played for England on Friday against Fiji and played in the game against the Combined Nations earlier this year and will hope this move can help him return to the England squad proper after missing the World Cup with Herbie Farnworth and co preferred.

The deal for Wardle, who was contracted to the Giants in 2023, sees the Giants sign two Wigan youngsters in the shape of Jack Bibby and Sam Halsall.

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