Wigan Warriors star closing in on huge transfer

Teams like Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR have really impressed with recruitment lately especially the Wigan Warriors.

The Warriors drafted in Kruise Leeming from the Gold Coast Titans to really lay down a marker.

The England international and 2021 Dream Team hooker was available after his move from Leeds Rhinos to the NRL.

The former Huddersfield Giants nine was also joined by former Leeds teammate Sam Walters as Wigan announced three quick fire signings with Walters’ arrival backed up by further pack reinforcements in the shape of Tiaki Chan.

The Warriors continued to lay down markers with recruitment securing Adam Keighran from the Catalans Dragons to replace Toby King ahead of his return to the Warrington Wolves after a year long loan at the DW Stadium.

Then the Warriors secured the mid-season signing of Tyler Dupree with Brad Singleton going the other direction.

Wigan wouldn’t stop there either with the Warriors then bringing in Luke Thompson from the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The prop left St Helens as the reigning Harry Sunderland Award winner at the start of 2020 after two excellent seasons at the Totally Wicked Stadium peaking with the Grand Final performance and winning the Super League title in 2019.

One of the best players England have produced in recent times, he is a statement signing for the Warriors.

His arrival was followed by further recruitment in the pack with Sam Eseh brought in from Wakefield Trinity with Wigan reportedly beating Leeds Rhinos and St Helens to the young prop.

But all this recruitment requires key departures and that appears set to come in the shape of Morgan Smithies.

It has long been rumoured that Smithies will be headed to the NRL with Canberra Raiders in 2024 for a six figure fee.

According to reports in Australia from the Daily Telegraph, this transfer is close to being confirmed.

Although a blow for Wigan, it appears to be one they are prepared for with Thompson and and Eseh brought in recently as well as the arrival of Sam Walters and Tiaki Chan.

Wigan have also retained the services of Junior Nsemba.