Giants ace poised for Wigan switch

Larne Patrick in action against Warrington
Larne Patrick in action against Warrington

HUDDERSFIELD forward Larne Patrick could be poised for a shock switch to Wigan.

The 25-year-old has resurfaced on their radar, just months after being linked with a move to the DW Stadium.

Although the Warriors’ season finished less than two weeks ago, attention has already turned to the 2015 campaign.

And with Ben Flower missing a third of the new season through suspension – and Scott Taylor out of favour – Patrick has come back into the frame as a possible recruit.

Wigan were interested in recruiting the Welsh international back in January – but Huddersfield refused to let him go.

The Warriors’ fresh interest is no guarantee they will land him this time.

But he has been targeted to shore up their front-row options, particularly with Flower banned for the opening 11 competitive matches.

Shaun Wane has previously admitted the Warriors have little room to manoeuvre under the salary cap limit.

That suggests a contracted player may need to be released – either permanently or on loan – if a deal for Patrick is to be completed.

Interestingly, Taylor was last week linked with a loan move to Huddersfield for 2015 after Hull FC’s interest receded because of salary cap pressures. Taylor did not play in the final six weeks of the season, finding himself behind Flower, Dom Crosby, Eddy Pettybourne and Tony Clubb in the pecking order.

First-team forwards Jack Hughes and Gil Dudson were also out in the cold by the end of the season, with the latter thought to be a surprise target of Australian NRL outfit Parramatta Eels.

The only confirmed new arrival at the Warriors for next season is Wakefield’s Taulima Tautai.

Utility back Jack Murphy, released by Wigan after three appearances in as many years, has signed a one-year deal with Championship outfit Workington.