Hansen’s the target of a fresh Reds bid

Wigan Warriors player Harrison Hansen
Wigan Warriors player Harrison Hansen

SALFORD have stepped up their bid to recruit Harrison Hansen.

The Red Devils are thought to be preparing an offer to buy-out the final year of his Wigan deal.

Hansen has arranged a testimonial next season but could be lured away by the security of a long-term deal at cashed-up Salford, the club where his dad Shane played.

He is highly-regarded by Brian Noble, the ex-Warriors coach, and Salford are understood to have left the No.18 shirt vacant in the hope of landing the 28-year-old this month.

Hansen and Salford club owner Dr Marwan Koukash declined the offer to hose down the speculation.

And the development comes as Wigan prop Andy Powell is linked with a return to rugby union.

Powell, 32, played five matches for the Warriors after switching from Sale Sharks. But he has attracted interest from union and may be lured back.

A question mark hangs over Epa Lauaki’s future amid persistent rumours he has left the club.

Lee Mossop (Parramatta) and Chris Tuson (Hull FC) have also departed, though coach Shaun Wane has brought in four forwards: Eddy Pettybourne, Tony Clubb, John Bateman and Sam Hopkins.

If Hansen, Powell or both depart, Wane would surely seek reinforcements.

l Wigan will unveil their 2014 home and away kits – which “break from tradition” – at the Grand Arcade in Wigan next Monday at 6.30pm.