Wigan Warriors star Bevan French has enjoyed an incredible rise in the past few seasons at the DW Stadium.
Of course, that comes with increased attention and a lot of that has been from other clubs and even different competitions.
With French enjoying a record-breaking 2022 – a season in which he has broken the Super League record for the most scored in a rugby league game as well as storming through the try-scoring charts in the top flight – the NRL has come calling.
Add into the mix a Leigh Centurions side bankrolled by owner Derek Beaumont showing interest with an incredible offer tabled and French is arguably spoiled for choice.
Wigan fans will naturally want such a talent to stay especially how the club has helped the Australian get to where he is today, but a move back to the NRL may prove too luring.
And, that is exactly what Newcastle Herald journalist Barry Toohey believes is happening, ‘confirming’ the deal with the Newcastle Knights on social media.
After being asked: “@BarryToohey are the knights still looking at signing French from ESL??”
@BarryToohey are the knights still looking at signing French from ESL??
— Ryan Lynch (@lynchys) August 20, 2022
Toohey replied: “Yep. He’ll be a Knight next year Ryan.”
Yep. He’ll be a Knight next year Ryan https://t.co/wDbj0TRUID
— Barry Toohey (@BarryToohey) August 20, 2022
It looks as though French will be heading home at the end of the 2022 Super League season despite Wigan boss Matt Peet revealing that a ‘mega offer’ had been put on the table for the former Parramatta Eels star to sign.
That means that Leigh will also have missed out on French – a deal that would almost certainly have elevated Adrian Lam’s men into the top six of the play-offs in 2023 if of course they did earn promotion to Super League.
The Warriors do still have Jai Field in their team, meaning that there is still an incredible one-off talent in the ranks at the DW Stadium, but Wigan will certainly have wanted to keep both especially with their relationship blossoming on and off the field