Hardaker will start training at Wigan Warriors next week

Zak Hardaker will begin training with his new Wigan team-mates next week.

Monday, 3rd September 2018, 5:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 5:16 am
Zak Hardaker is banned until November

His 14-month doping ban runs until November 7.

But under UK Anti-Doping rules, suspended players can return to training two months earlier.

Although the 26-year-old will not be able to play until next season, he will get the chance to meet many of his new team-mates, settle into the club and work on his fitness.

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Hardaker, a former Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner who played at Leeds and Castleford, has signed a four-year deal with Wigan and will effectively replace Catalans-bound Sam Tomkins.

Tomkins missed Friday’s 30-10 victory against St Helens after withdrawing minutes before kick-off with a knee injury.

But Wane expects him to be fit for the visit of Wakefield on Thursday – a game which could see winger Dom Manfredi play his first senior game in more than two years.