Escare to add the French polish to backline

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Warriors have announced the signing of livewire French international Morgan Escaré.

The 24 year-old has signed a one-year deal from Catalans Dragons, where he scored 64 tries in 91 games.

He follows Catalans team-mate Romain Navarrete in signing for the Warriors – moves predicted in the Wigan Evening Post last month.

Of the two, Escare has the higher-profile, having established himself as one of France’s brightest talents since breaking onto the scene with the Dragons.

He said: “After four years in Super League with Catalans, I feel that the time is right for a change for me.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for my family and me and we are really excited to be joining Wigan. I grew up in France watching and admiring Wigan and it will be an honour and a privilege to represent the Cherry and Whites.”

Wane was already consider bolstering his backs division after learning winger Dom Manfredi would miss the bulk of 2017 following knee surgery.

And Sam Tomkins’ foot injury swayed his decision.

Wigan still haven’t revealed a likely timeframe for Tomkins’ recovery, but it is likely to eat into next season. Escare can cover wing when Tomkins returns.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “We felt that additional quality in the backs would be needed to help cover wing and full-back and to add competition for places with our promoted academy players.

“We believe he can become an important squad player for Wigan just as Willie Isa did so well this season.”

Shaun Wane’s full-back options for 2017 were further limited by Dan Sarginson’s departure to Gold Coast Titans.

Ryan Hampshire, who spent last season on loan at Castleford, is set to move to Leigh.

Another possible full-back option - Lewis Tierney - is curretly doing a fine job on the wing in Manfredi’s absence.

Wane said: “Having met with Morgan, we were pleased with the determination he showed to join Wigan.

“He is a talented player who is keen to revitalise his career and we believe that he can do that here at Wigan with our exceptional player development capabilities.

“His try-scoring record at the Catalans club speaks for itself and we look forward to building on that at Wigan next year.”

Wigan’s former academy winger Liam Forsyth, 20, has also returned to the club after a spell at Bath RU.

Warriors have not ruled out making further signings but Lenagan added: “Arrivals into the 2017 squad are now nearing completion.”