Wigan have activated a clause in prop Scott Taylor’s contract that has prevented him from joining Hull FC at the end of this season.
The Hull-born 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to his hometown having spent two years with the Warriors following a lucrative move from Hull KR.
Despite his affiliation with the Robins, Taylor is from the west of Hull and is understood to have his heart set on playing for the black and whites, whom his family support.
Reports suggest that will have to wait at least a year, though, as an optional season-long extension to his deal has been activated by Wigan boss Shaun Wane.
It is thought paying a transfer fee could have changed Wigan’s minds, given they paid £100,000 for Taylor’s services, but Hull FC have already shelled out a significant six-figure sum for Salford half-back Marc Sneyd and they seem content to wait, especially with a wealth of front-row options at his disposal currently.