HULL FC are chasing Scott Taylor for next year – as speculation surfaces that Darrell Goulding may be on the move.
Taylor’s strong performances have not gone unnoticed in his home city.
The prop is out of contract at the of this season, and Hull FC are thought to be preparing an offer.
But Wigan have a one-year option in the club’s favour, and if they exercise the clause they could demand a transfer fee for the 23-year-old.
He was recruited from Hull KR for a “substantial” undisclosed transfer fee at the end of 2011 – but it is their derby rivals FC who are hoping to lure him home.
Taylor supported both Hull clubs as a child.
Warriors have been happy with his form and would be keen for him to extend his stay.
They hope the prospect of winning more silverware will entice him to remain at the club.
He won the Challenge Cup and Grand Final in his first season, played in a World Club Challenge earlier this year and will be hoping to power Wigan to within 80 minutes of a Wembley return this weekend.
Warriors host Castleford in a Challenge Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday in front of the BBC cameras.
Taylor is not the only Wigan player who has been linked with a move away.
Centre Goulding is out of contract and has attracted the interest of several outfits, including cashed-up Salford.
The Red Devils have taken Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen and coach Iestyn Harris within the last few months.
Academy-product Goulding would be due a testimonial if he extended his stay beyond this season.
Coach Shaun Wane and rugby manager Kris Radlinski have been working through their off-contract players in recent weeks.
Teenager George Williams signed an upgraded deal, and both parties are thought to be happy for Kiwi utility Anthony Gelling to extend his stay. It’s also thought Australian stand-off Blake Green has been offered an extension.
He is out of contract at the end of this season and has attracted interest from NRL clubs, including Melbourne Storm, who made an approach for him earlier this year.
Jordan James and Matty Bowen are also free agents at the end of the year, but are expected to be offered new deals for another 12 months.
l FANS are invited to an evening with Paul Prescott and guests next Tuesday.
The event – organised by the Riversiders Supporters Club – starts at 7.30pm in the South Stand bar at the DW.
All proceeds go to Prescott’s testimonial.