Wigan Warriors tie down rising star with impressive new deal

On a day when international rugby league was in the spotlight, there’s been a fresh reminder that the Super League season never stops with champions Wigan Warriors confirming the re-signing of promising young star Junior Nsemba.

There were Wigan stars on show at the Totally Wicked Stadium with last season’s loanee Toby King getting on the scoresheet and half-back Harry Smith kicking three of his four goals, but the big news for Wigan comes with confirmation of Nsemba re-signing.

The young prop forward has been brilliant when he has played although game time has been limited and managed well by Matt Peet.

Nsemba was unfortunate to miss out of the Grand Final matchday squad but his 13 appearances that he did make in 2023 were all impactful.

As such he has now been rewarded with a new four year deal at the club, tying the 19-year old to the DW Stadium until 2027.

Wigan confirmed the news via a statement:

“Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce that Junior Nsemba has signed a new four-year deal with the club seeing him contracted until the end of the 2027 season.

“While still eligible to play for the Academy, the 19-year-old made his debut for the Warriors against Hull KR in August 2022 – his only appearance last year – but the 6’5” forward has made 13 appearances for Matt Peet’s side in 2023, in which he scored his first try for the Club in the Challenge Cup victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in May.”

On signing the long-term deal, Nsemba said: “Every time I put the badge on it’s my proudest moment knowing I am representing such a great Club, and I’m grateful for being able to stay here for another four years.

“I can’t wait to continue the journey in my hometown with my family and friends and especially the fans because of the huge support they show week in, week out.

“I’d like to thank Matt, Kris Radlinski and Ian for putting their trust in me and giving me this opportunity.”

Matt Peet said: “We are all delighted that Junior will be with us for at least four more years, he is an outstanding young man and a talented player.

“I’m really looking forward to helping him develop on and off the field. He is someone who we have very high expectations for.”