A closer look at Wigan’s incoming recruits for the 2020 Season.
Learn more about the likes of Jackson Hastings and George Burgess
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With a number of exciting new signings arriving at the DW during the off-season, 2020 looks set to be an entertaining campaign for Wigan Warriors.
To gear up for the season ahead, we’ve taken a closer look at the players joining up with Adrian Lam’s side and what fans can expect from them.
It’s fair to say that the Cherry & White faithful got more than a glimpse at what Bevan French could offer in 2020 during his cameo seven appearances for the Warriors late this season. Bagging five tries (including a hat-trick against Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium), the back showcased his pace, skill and intelligence; something that Wigan fans should be keen to see a lot more of in 2020.
French joined from NRL outfit Paramatta Eels where he scored 35 tries in 47 appearances.
On signing the 23-year old, Head Coach Adrian Lam said, “Bevan is an entertainer, a natural footballer who I have admired for some time. He will get people up from their seat and add even more attacking threat and flair to our game.”
After a decade down-under, prop-forward Burgess agreed to join Wigan Warriors for the 2020 campaign on a three-year deal.
Burgess will leave South Sydney after ten years of stellar service alongside twin brother Tom Burgess and elder brother Sam Burgess.
On his future move to the Warriors, Burgess said: “After speaking to Adrian Lam and Kris Radlinski, it’s clear to me that there’s something special happening at Wigan Warriors in 2020 and beyond. Although it’s a huge decision to leave the NRL and say goodbye to Souths, I’m excited as to what the future will hold at Wigan Warriors and the Betfred Super League.”
After reaching the 2019 Betfred Super League Grand Final with Salford, the 23-year old stand off will join the Warriors for the 2020 season after signing a two-year deal in July of this year.
The Aussie, who is currently on international duties with Great Britain, was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and arrives after a stellar couple of seasons at the AJ Bell Stadium.
On his style of play, Kris Radlinski said at the time of the signing announcement, “His attacking nous with ball-in-hand and his running game have lit up the Betfred Super League since he’s arrival in the UK in 2018. Furthermore, I believe his leadership and influence will play a big role for us in 2020 and beyond.”
Wigan-born Bibby signed a two-year deal with the Cherry & Whites back in June to start in 2020. The centre, who has also been deployed on the wing during his career, will join from Salford Red Devils where he has impressed in 2019.
Like Hastings, Bibby also enjoyed a successful season for Salford Red Devils, reaching the Betfred Super League Grand Final, only to lose to St Helens, a game in which he scored.
On the centre signing back in June, Executive Director Kris Radlinski commented, “Jake has proven at Salford that he is a high-level Super League performer and competitor. The exciting thing for Wigan Warriors, and for Jake, is that we believe he still has room for improvement.”
Hear from Bibby in his first interview with the Club on Wigan TV HERE.
Following spells with Doncaster, York City Knights and Hull Kingston Rovers, the prop-forward established himself in the Castleford Tigers front line in 2019 before heading to Leigh Centurions on a short deal until the end of the 2019 campaign.
In June the 26-year old penned a 3-year deal with the Cherry & Whites from the start of the 2020 season. On the deal, Clark said, “It’s a massive Club with so much history which speaks for itself. This is one of the biggest Clubs in the world - I’m majorly looking forward to joining.”
On the capture of Clark, Kris Radlinski commented: “We are delighted to have signed Mitch for next season. I believe he is one of Super League’s most destructive forwards.
“What has impressed me in our conversations is how much he wants to play for Wigan Warriors, how he wants to conduct himself off the pitch, at training and how much he wants to play a prominent role for our Club. We’re extremely excited to see him in the Cherry and White next season.”
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