Huddersfield Giants forward Larne Patrick has joined Wigan in a loan swap deal, with Warriors back-rower Jack Hughes going the opposite way for the 2015 season.
It’s a deal that clearly works for all parties – Wigan have long been pursuing Patrick, while the Giants had made an official enquiry about Hughes.
Wigan general manager Kris Radlinksi said: “Jack has found first-team opportunities limited recently with Liam Farrell, John Bateman and Joel Tomkins all cementing their position in the back row. As such he recently asked for more first-team rugby, at the same time as Huddersfield asked about his availability.
“We value Jack and feel he still has more to offer so would only consider the option of him leaving for a specified period in exchange for Larne, a player our coaching staff rate very highly.”
Patrick said: “I am delighted to join Wigan. This is an exciting new challenge and one I am relishing. I have had a great time at Huddersfield and would sincerely like to thank coach Paul Anderson for the way he has helped me.
“I am hopeful that my development continues apace under Shaun Wane, another great British coach and someone I am excited to be working with.”
Wigan coach Shaun Wane added: “Larne Patrick is a player I have admired for a long time. He has always challenged us when we’ve faced the Giants and I am looking forward to him making an impact in the cherry and white shirt.
“He is tough with a great work ethic, but he also has good footwork and speed and will add more experience to our front row next year. He is also my kind of person, a real good guy off the field, and will fit in really well with our group.”