Finch set to stay a Warrior

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BRETT Finch has put an end to simmering speculation over his future, insisting he will be at Wigan next year.

The stand-off was widely linked with a return to the NRL in the weeks following Michael Maguire’s appointment as Souths coach from 2012.

He has also been mentioned as a possible target of Widnes, ahead of their return to the top-flight next season.

But Finch insists he has no intentions of leaving the Warriors, who he joined at the start of the season.

He said: “I’m signed here for two years and I’ll definitely see that out.

“Whether I return to the NRL in the future, I’m not too sure.

“But I think it’s shown that I’m really happy here, I’ve settled in and I think it’s reflected a bit more in my game.

“I’m happy here and the more I’ve settled in here the more comfortable I’ve been, on and off the field.”

The former Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Melbourne stand-off insists there were no truth in the speculation that he may be leaving before his contract runs out at the end of next year.

“There was never any chance of me going,” he insisted.

“I think it was just my association with Madge (Maguire), and Madge getting the job at Souths, then the half-back spot becoming available... it was just a coincidence really.”

Current assistant coach Shaun Wane remains favourite to succeed Maguire as Wigan head coach after this season.

And he is thought to have been impressed with the way Finch has slotted into the side and forged some potent combinations with other play-makers in the side.

Finch – who turns 30 later this month (August 20) – has also been impressed with the way Gareth Hock has settled into the side following a two-year doping ban.

Hock scored the first hat-trick of his senior career in the 48-6 Super League victory over Wakefield last month.

“It’s great to have Gaz back,” he said.

“I remember him coming out to Australia in 2006 with the Great Britain team and I remember talking to Trent Barrett about how destructive he was.

“So to have him back has been great, he’s really given the place a lift.

“I’ve just come to a new club this year so I know how hard it is to build combinations.

“He’s had two years out so I think it’s a testament to the type of player that he is that he hasn’t looked out of place in any game since he’s been back, he’s been outstanding.

“The more he plays the better he’ll get, he was out for a long time.

“The game’s changed in that time and so has Wigan, so I think he’s done a good job to get up to speed with everything and it was great to see him.”