GEORGE Carmont appears set to stay on for a fourth season with Wigan.
The centre – who has spoken of his ambitions to stay on at the club – has an option on his contract for next year.
And while Wigan usually slant options in the club’s favour, Carmont’s deal is unique in that it is triggered if he plays a set number of matches this season.
That milestone has not been disclosed, but he has now featured in 18 Super League matches and an agreement for next season is thought to be all but confirmed.
Carmont was signed from Newcastle Knights in 2008 and enjoyed a superb debut season, earning a place in the Super League Dream Team.
His form has been solid ever since and he has formed a good left-flank partnership with winger Pat Richards.
Though Carmont turned 32 last month, the dad-of-five has few miles on the clock, having only started his first-team career in the NRL at the relatively late age of 25, and Wigan hope he can help develop young-guns Stefan Marsh and Josh Charnley.
Michael Maguire is already planning his squad for next season.
Warriors have already took up an option on Darrell Goulding for 2011, and similar agreements with Eamon O’Carroll and Liam Farrell are also thought to have been agreed while their agent, the former Wigan coach Frank Endacott, was in England on a recent visit.
But the futures of several other first-team stars remain unclear.
Maguire has declared his hopes to entice prop Andy Coley into playing on for one more season.
Others out-of-contract include Karl Pryce, Stuart Fielden, Cameron Phelps, Iafeta Paleaaesina and Phil Bailey, while the playing contract of Paul Deacon – one of Warriors’ assistant coaches – also expires. Of those, Paleaaesina is resigned to leaving the club and has been linked with a move across the Pennines.
Pat Richards has been named as the Super League’s player of the month for June. He played in all four of Wigan’s games last month – three of which were victories – kicking 21 goals and scoring four tries. Castleford’s Terry Matterson won the coach award.