Warriors lead the race for Leuluai

Thomas Leuluai has attracted interest from several Super League clubs
Thomas Leuluai has attracted interest from several Super League clubs

Wigan are closing in on former star Thomas Leuluai.

He could be on board for 2017 if he opts to finish his career in Super League.

Hull FC and St Helens have also shown interest in Leuluai.

But the Warriors are hoping to win the race to land the 30-year-old.

Leuluai has a close affinity with Wigan, having made 189 appearances in six years up to 2012.

He returned to the club for several weeks last summer, assisting the coaching staff while he recovered from a season-ending injury.

He was in England as his wife Natalie – sister of ex-player Darrell Goulding – was visiting family.

They have since had a baby, and it’s not clear whether that is a factor in his possible return to the UK.

Leuluai’s ability to play halfback or hooker to a high-standard has made him a top target for Super League clubs.

Shaun Wane has strength in those areas, but fans would welcome the star’s return.

Wigan are also chasing a winger for 2017 to replace Josh Charnley, who is switching codes with Sale Sharks.

Rugby manager Kris Radlinski flew Down Under earlier this week.