Jackson Hastings wanted by NRL club immediately

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has confirmed they are interested in signing Jackson Hastings immediately.

Jackson Hastings is out of contract at the end of this season
Jackson Hastings is out of contract at the end of this season

Officials from the NRL club met with Hastings Australian management team yesterday to try and thrash out a deal.

“Our management are looking at him (Hastings),” former Wigan coach Maguire told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

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“I am aware there are some conversations around him, yes."

Confusingly, he said they "don’t know whether Super League will go ahead so potentially it could (be) now" - but the new campaign kicks off tomorrow night with a double-header, including his old side facing Leigh at Headingley.

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The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the Tigers may pay a transfer fee to sign Hastings, who only returned to training with Wigan last week and is not in the squad for their opener against Leigh tomorrow night.

Wests showed interest in the former Man of Steel in the off-season. But a winless start has forced them to move urgently to try and snare him now.

Legend Garry Jack tweeted: "Jackson Hastings would be an excellent signing for Wests. I would personally love to see him there."

Hastings, 25, is entering his second season with Wigan. He was given an extended break in the off-season to spend more time with his family, including his ill granddad.

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The former Sydney Roosters and Manly playmaker has made no secret of his intention to return to the NRL at some stage.

If he departed, it would be a blow to Wigan, given his quality. But they do have other options at halfback, with Thomas Leuluai, Harry Smith and Hastings' friend - and new signing - Jai Field at the club.

Hastings' agent, Sam Ayoub, also manages Adrian Lam.