Wigan Warriors director of rugby Kris Radlinski has sung the praises of England international George Williams for what he has achieved in cherry and which after his departure from the club at the end of the season to take up a deal in the NRL was confirmed today, but also referenced his replacement Jackson Hastings as a huge signing.
After months of speculation, the Warriors have revealed Williams will head down under next season, with a deal at Canberra Raiders expected to be announced, but have unveiled his replacement as the much sought after Hastings from Salford Red Devils on a two year deal.
Although sad to see a homegrown talent leave the club, Radlinski had every confidence in what Williams would bring to the NRL, but also what Hastings would bring to Wigan.
“George has developed into one of the world’s finest half-backs, and although we are naturally disappointed to lose a homegrown player of his calibre, we wish him the best in his move to the NRL. I have no doubt he’ll take that competition by storm,” he said on Williams decision to leave.
“George has never hidden away from me his ambitions to test himself in another league and experience a new lifestyle, and we feel that this is the right time for us to grant his wish having turned down several approaches for his services in the last three years.”
Radlinski added on Hastings: “This a hugely significant signing for Wigan Warriors. In Jackson Hastings, we have secured the services of one of the most sought-after talents in the game, having fought off interest from around Super League and in the NRL.”
“His attacking nous with ball-in-hand and his running game have lit up the Betfred Super League since he’s arrival in the UK in 2018. Furthermore, I believe his leadership and influence will play a big role for us in 2020 and beyond.”