Wigan facing off-season turnaround

Wigan Warriors are facing a close-season reorganisation in some of their key positions, after news emerged last week that their fullback Bevan French (pictured), who is reportedly suffering from homesickness, is in discussions with the Parramatta Eels about a possible return to the NRL next season.

French, who has been playing at fullback for the Warriors for most of the season, would leave a significant gap at the DW Stadium, although the Warriors would have the option of moving Zak Hardaker back to his preferred position of fullback.

But the club faces uncertainty on several other fronts, with no announcement yet on the future of coach Adrian Lam, while halfback Jackson Hastings is also being tipped by some observers to head back to the NRL at the end of the season, while his fellow halfback Thomas Leuluai celebrated his 35th birthday in June with a contract that expires at the end of this year.

The Warriors have been strongly linked with 23-year-old Parramatta halfback Jai Field, who has officially left the Eels. Field is expected to link up with Wigan youngster Harry Smith in a new halfback combination for the Warriors next season.

Meanwhile the Warriors have revealed that Brad Singleton’s special embroidered debut shirt was sold for £1,550, adding to the £16,500 already raised for the Rob Burrow Fund.

After 30 embroidered home shirts were sold earlier in the season, Wigan have now raised £18,050 in total for the Leeds Rhinos legend, who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

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