WIGAN will move to fend off interest in Harrison Hansen from Salford by taking up an option on his contract for 2014.
Hansen confirmed last week the Reds, his hometown club, have been circling him as ambitious new owner Dr Marwan Koukish attempts to establish them as a Super League force.
But Warriors coach Shaun Wane doesn’t want to lose Hansen, who has been with Wigan since he was a schoolboy and made his first-team debut in 2004.
His contract technically expires at the end of this season but under the terms of his deal, there is an option for 2014 – in Wigan’s favour – which they are to exercise.
The forward’s agent, Frank Endacott, is currently in the country.
Hansen is thought to be keen to secure his long-term future.
Wigan also have an option on Anthony Gelling which they are set to take up, to prevent him joining Chris Tuson and Pat Richards in leaving at the end of this season. Sam Tomkins is also expected to move to the New Zealand Warriors.
Meanwhile, the Wigan players report back to training tomorrow after a five-day break.