New Wigan signing Jackson Hastings says that while he may not be able to guarantee a “10 out of 10” performance in every game, Warriors fans can expect him to put his body on the line for the club.
In his first interview since arriving at the club for pre-season training, Hastings discussed the expectations and pressure that come with being named Man of Steel – and his big money move to the DW Stadium.
He said: “I’ve answered this question a few times about feeling pressure and I don’t feel pressure.
“I feel a bit of pride, actually, to know that I’m playing for one of the greatest teams in either hemisphere.
“Wigan Warriors are so highly regarded not only in the UK, but Australia as well, and they’re one of those clubs that are always mentioned when you talk about Rugby League, including some of the great players that have pulled on the cherry and white.”
He added: “Whenever you put on a professional Rugby League jersey there’s an expectation to perform and I’ll put an expectation on myself.
“Am I going to be a 10 out of 10 every game? No, but what I can promise is that I’m going to put my heart and soul on the line every week, that’s how I’ve been raised by my parents to play.”
“I play the game hard and fair and whatever happens, happens. I will put my body on the line for this club and wear the badge with pride.