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BRETT Finch wants to extend his stay at Wigan beyond this season.

The Australian stand-off arrived at the start of 2011 on a two-year deal.

And while he is in no rush to arrange a contract extension, he has signalled his preference to stay.

Finch said: “Definitely I’d like to.

“My main focus is just playing well and hopefully that will take care of itself as the season goes on.

“I came over here with an open mind and the longer I’ve stayed the more I’ve enjoyed it. This year’s been a lot easier than 12 months ago, when I was injured, and now I’m in an environment I’m more familiar with and I’m enjoying playing with Waney.

“Comparing now to 12 months ago, this has been by far the easier and better.”

Finch’s admission will surely delight fans, who have taken to the stand-off’s assured displays.

The 30-year-old scored two tries against London last Sunday and polled high on fans’ man of the match votes for an all-round impressive display.

And while Finch – a vastly-experienced halfback with Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and Melbourne – says he would always consider options back in the NRL, he would like to continue at Wigan if he’s wanted.

“I’m enjoying my time and I’d certainly give Wigan the opportunity if they wanted me,” he said.

“I’ve not heard from the club, so I don’t know their thoughts. They’ve got a lot of young fellas coming through and so I’d understand if they wanted to go in that direction.

“But if I’m playing well, that’ll all sort itself out.

“I’m of the opinion that you can’t worry about what you can control, if I’m playing well enough, I’m sure I’ll get a start somewhere, here or in Australia.”

Thomas Leuluai is leaving at the end of this year to return to New Zealand and Wigan would be reluctant to lose both front-line halfbacks.

Coach Shaun Wane said Wigan would look at the contract situation later in the season.

But he dropped a huge hint that he would love the crafty ex-New South Wales Origin star to stay by admitting: “He’s absolutely massive for us.

“He’s playing outstandingly well, and it’s not just what you see on the pitch, but it’s in training, with video, he supports me, he’s very vocal...

“His form has been terrific, he’s loving his rugby and long may that continue.”