IAIN Thornley looks set for a Warriors exit at the end of the season.
Super League rivals Hull KR are thought to be preparing a generous contract to try and prise him away from his hometown club.
The double-winning centre has played twice for partnership Workington Town since returning from a serious knee injury.
“If he was available then we’d certainly be interested in talking to him, but I can’t see Wigan letting him go,” said KR coach Chris Chester.
But the 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and may be tempted by the greater prospects of first-team action at KR.
If he moves to the Robins, he will follow the same route Darrell Goulding took when he found himself third-choice centre behind Anthony Gelling and Dan Sarginson a year ago.
Gelling only recently signed a new long-term deal, while Wigan took out the option on Sarginson’s contract for 2016.
Shaun Wane also has the option of using forwards Joel Tomkins or John Bateman in the centre role.
And Wigan have high hopes for teenager Oliver Gildart, who made his Super League debut earlier this season while on loan at Salford.
Thornley rejoined Wigan in 2012 after a spell in rugby union with Sale Sharks.
He played in the following year’s Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final and started 2014 in prolific form, scoring nine tries in as many matches before his horror run of luck began. He spent four months on the sidelines recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.
And after returning to action against Widnes in August, he suffered a serious knee injury in training the following week. Rovers currently have Wigan forwards James Greenwood and Greg Burke on loan until the end of the year.