Wigan part company with Hardaker

Wigan part company with Hardaker

England international Zak Hardaker is looking for a new club once again after leaving Wigan Warriors (6/1 Grand Final Winner) on Friday to pursue a move to his native Yorkshire.

The former Leeds Rhinos star has spent the last three seasons with the Cherry and Whites, making 80 appearances for the club.

He was snapped up in 2019 by Wigan following the expiry of a doping ban after his release by Castleford.

The 30-year-old still has plenty left in the tank, and after making over 250 appearances at the highest level, he wants to return closer to home.

Hardaker started his career at Featherstone Rovers before moving to Leeds Rhinos, where he made over 150 appearances and won three Grand Final titles.

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Wigan’s executive director, Kris Radlinski, says he is disappointed with the move, but several clubs in Yorkshire are likely to open talks ahead of his return.

He told reporters: “We wish him all the best for the future. Zak Hardaker is a hugely talented player and is universally liked by team-mates and staff.

“Everybody at Wigan Warriors has done everything they could to provide him with the platform he needed to shine at the highest level.”

Leeds may be interested in a reunion considering their current plight and lack of options at full-back, with both Richie Myler and Jack Walker on the sidelines.

The Rhinos are back in action on Friday night against Toulouse, and both sides are desperate for two points at the bottom of the table (Leeds 1/2, Draw 18/1, Toulouse 7/4 – Match Betting).

Elsewhere at 20:00, Castleford Tigers welcome St Helens to Yorkshire (Castleford Tigers 1/6, Draw 25/1, Saints 9/2 – Match Betting), and they are expected to win, with Kristian Woolf naming nine rookies in his squad due to injuries and fatigue.

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Author: Lucille White