Wigan Warriors star set to complete huge transfer

Wigan Warriors were crowned Super League Champions after defeating Catalans Dragons in the Super League Grand Final.

This has many rival fans fearing about how good Wigan could be in 2024 with the Warriors signing the likes of Sam Walters from Leeds Rhinos, former Dream Team hooker Kruise Leeming, Catalans Dragons duo Adam Keighran and Tiaki Chan.

Their biggest signing was of course former Harry Sunderland Award winner Luke Thompson.

But after the Grand Final win, Matt Peet reminded people of the calibre of the players they will be losing.

He said: “I think you always want to build on success but I think when people are looking ahead to next year, they’re underestimating some of the quality they’ve seen on the field tonight and some of them will be moving on.

“But this will be reflected on as a special group of players, a special group of men. I often say it, I think teams at Wigan, they don’t always at the start of the season look like the best team but quite often when you look back on years gone by at team photographs, you think we had a good group there.

“Without looking forward, I want to reflect on this group of people, men, players, staff. I think we’ll look back on this year’s team as a special team regardless. What happens next, who knows, but I’m going to enjoy being with this group.”

Of course one of the biggest departures could be loose-forward Morgan Smithies.

The 13 has had another excellent season and was fantastic in the Grand Final against Catalans.

But, as first broken by Rugby League Live, the Wigan 13 is headed for the NRL with Canberra Raiders.

The Daily Telegraph in Australia then confirmed the Raiders would pay a six figure sum for his services in 2024.

Now the same publication are reporting that the deal will be sealed in the coming days.

Smithies joined an Australian agency mid way through last year which caught the eye of many and many believed that this would pave the way for 13 to head over to the NRL and his destination is set to be the capital.