Wigan Warriors have today confirmed the signing of Willie Isa for the 2016 season. Isa, 26, has joined the Warriors on an initial two-year deal.
A Samoan international, Isa has spent the last four years at Widnes Vikings where he has made 87 appearances including 19 this year. He previously played for Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm and Castleford Tigers before his time at the Vikings.
A knee injury picked up in August cut short his 2015 season however he is expected to be able to take part in a full pre-season starting in November.
Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane said: “I’ve been monitoring Willie for some time and didn’t think twice about completing this deal when we had the chance.
“He is highly thought of here at Wigan, our senior players who we consulted all commented that he is a fierce competitor who is tough to play against.
“At 26 years of age his best years are yet to come. He is a big pacey player who can play in a number of positions. I think he will really suit our style and the Wigan fans will really warm to him.”
Rugby Director Kris Radlinski said:
“Having met with Willie we were really impressed with his desire to join the Wigan Club.
“He is an established Super League player and we’ve beaten off stiff competition for his signature. Willie was actually offered more money elsewhere but he desperately wanted to come here and we are delighted about that.
“On the field he is a fierce competitor who certainly knows how to handle himself in the Super League competition. Off it he is a genuine guy who is willing to learn and improve himself and his game.”
Isa said: “I am absolutely delighted to have joined Wigan. There were a few offers on the table but I simply couldn’t turn down this chance when it came along.
“I’m really grateful to Shaun Wane and Kris Radlinki for this opportunity, I’m working hard on some rehabilitation stuff at the moment but will be fit and raring to go next season.”