Wigan Warriors' Jackson Hastings opens up on time he was 'in a massive hole'

Jackson Hastings has opened up on his own struggles to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Wigan halfback Jackson HastingsWigan halfback Jackson Hastings
Wigan halfback Jackson Hastings

The halfback, who joined Wigan from Salford ahead of this season, moved to Super League after a controversial exit from Manly midway through 2018.

He fell out of favour with Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett and a bust-up with Daly Cherry-Evans.

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And speaking at the launch of his own new podcast, Behind the Athlete, he admits the turbulent time took its toll.

“I took a step backwards as a player, I was playing a lot of reserve grade at Manly, didn’t really get much of a chance in first grade and I was getting really down about it,” he says on the podcast.

“I talk a lot of mental health now but that was a time in my life I struggled a little bit.

“The ending at Manly wasn’t great, that put me in a massive hole. That year and a half was a really difficult period in my life.”

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He moved to Salford at the end of 2018 and helped steer them to Super League safety before guiding them to a Grand Final the following year, ahead of a move to Wigan on a two-year deal as a marquee player.

“I look back on that time and I’m partly grateful for in a weird way because I’ve been able to to achieve so many things,” added the 24-year-old. “But at the time it was heartbreaking.”

Hastings has a two-year deal with Wigan but has a get-out clause allowing him to leave midway through for the NRL if he wants.

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