Giants ace joins Wigan Warriors

Larne Patrick and Shaun Wane
Larne Patrick and Shaun Wane

HUDDERSFIELD forward Larne Patrick has joined the Warriors in a loan-swap deal which sees Jack Hughes move the other way.

The Wigan Evening Post revealed two weeks ago how the 26-year-old has resurfaced on Shaun Wane’s radar.

And his capture was confirmed today on a one-year loan deal.

Patrick told the Evening Post: “I’m very happy. I’m going from a very good club to a great club.

“For me, Wigan is the biggest club in the country and hopefully I can help them win more trophies.”

Patrick, who was first targeted a year ago, will bolster Wane’s front-row options.

Welsh international Patrick said: “I’ve met Shaun and he’s told me he likes the fact I can play prop and second-row, but prop is likely to be my main position and I’m more than happy with that.

“To be honest I’ll be happy anywhere I play.

“Every rugby player wants to improve and if you look at Wigan, there aren’t many players who’ve gone there who haven’t got better.”

Born in Blackpool, Patrick moved to Yorkshire as a child and began his career in the academy at Bradford Bulls before joining Manly-based Narrabean Sharks in Australia.

He returned to the UK in 2009, making his Huddersfield debut against Castleford and has gone on to make 136 appearances for the Giants.

He will join a front-row division which includes Eddy Pettybourne, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, fellow new recruit Taulima Tautai, Ben Flower, Gil Dudson and Scott Taylor - though the latter two have been linked with moves away.

Wane said: “Larne is a player I have admired for a long time. He has always challenged us when we’ve faced the Giants and I am looking forward to him making an impact in the Cherry and White shirt.

“He is tough with a great work ethic, but he also has good footwork and speed and will add more experience to our front row.

“He is also my kind of person, a real good guy off the field, and will fit in really well with our group.”

Hughes will spend 2015 at the Giants but has been told he may still have a future with his hometown club.

Rugby general manager Kris Radlinski said: “Jack has found first team opportunities limited recently with Liam Farrell, John Bateman and Joel Tomkins all cementing their position in the back row.

“As such he recently asked for more first team rugby, at the same time as Huddersfield asked about his availability.

“We value Jack and feel he still has more to offer so would only consider the option of him leaving for a specified period in exchange for Larne, a player our coaching staff rate very highly.

“In the end the arrangement works well for all parties so we wish Jack well during his year at the Giants and welcome Larne to the Warriors as a player who is able to make an impact at prop whilst also covering the second row positions.”