Giant Patrick in link with switch to the Warriors

Larne Patrick in action for Huddersfield
Larne Patrick in action for Huddersfield

HUDDERSFIELD forward Larne Patrick has surfaced on Wigan’s radar.

The Warriors are thought to have enquired about the 25-year-old’s availability for the upcoming season.

The Welsh international, who worked with Wigan assistant coach Iestyn Harris during the World Cup, has one year remaining on his deal.

Patrick can play second row or prop, and caught the eye last season as the Giants claimed the league leaders’ shield.

He has made steady progress at Huddersfield, without becoming a first-choice forward – he has been handed the No.15 for the new season.

But Wane has shown in the past a preference for players he can develop, rather than those at the height of their success who inevitably command higher wages.

Wigan’s interest is, of course, no guarantee they will sign him. But they have some room to manoeuvre under the salary cap following Harrison Hansen’s move to Salford.

Wane has made it clear that although he wasn’t seeking a direct replacement for Hansen, he remained on the look-out for players who could add quality to his squad.

Wigan have strength in the back-row. New signings Tony Clubb, John Bateman and Sam Hopkins are second-rowers, adding to those already at the club – Liam Farrell, Jack Hughes and Greg Burke.

But they lack numbers at prop, particularly as it seems almost certain that the futures of Epa Lauaki and Andy Powell lie elsewhere. The Evening Post revealed last month that they were poised for exits from the club.

Wigan officials have made no comment on either player.

But neither have been seen at pre-season training, and they are not expected to fly out to a warm-weather camp in Florida with the rest of the first-team squad.

Powell, 32, played just five Super League games following his switch from rugby union last summer. He declined the opportunity to comment.

Powell’s wife only fuelled speculation with a message on Twitter, asking: “Real reason why you have left Wigan Warriors?”

Wigan’s players trained yesterday and today and will fly to America tomorrow.