Jackson Hastings to be offered cross-code opportunity with Gloucester

Jackson Hastings is set to be offered the chance to become a cross-code star with rugby union club Gloucester.

League Express can reveal the Premiership side are keen to talk to the reigning Man Of Steel about a move to the 15-man game next season.

Hastings joined Wigan on a two-year contract in the off-season, but there is a release clause in his deal at the end of his first year at the club.

That hasn’t gone unnoticed by Gloucester, who are thought to be willing to pay Hastings significantly more money than he is earning as one of Wigan’s marquee players.

Hastings is understood to be good friends with current Gloucester player Danny Cipriani, who is trying to persuade him to follow in the footsteps of former Wigan players in making the cross-code switch.

Warriors greats Jason Robinson and Andy Farrell left the club to play the 15-man game while Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins and Josh Charnley all followed in their path, experiencing differing degrees of success.

Among a variety of potential sticking points will be the wording in Hastings’ contract. It has been well publicised that there is a one-year release clause in his contract, but it is there to enable him to return to the NRL. Whether he could activate it for a rugby union switch is unclear, as is the prospect of whether he would be tempted to become a dual-code athlete.