RYAN Hampshire has signed an contract extension which will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2018 season, once he returns from loan at Castleford.
The 20-year-old will spend the next 12-months on loan at the Tigers, in an agreement which includes an emergency clause allowing Wigan to recall him in the event of a significant injury to one of the Warriors half-backs or full backs.
We considered extensively the option of Ryan replacing the injured Sam Tomkins but decided against that routeKris Radlinski
Despite Sam Tomkins not returning until Easter, Warriors will use other players to cover the full-back role.
Rugby director Kris Radlinski said: “We considered extensively the option of Ryan replacing the injured Sam Tomkins but decided against that route in view of Ryan’s clear positional preference and the development benefits of a full year at Castleford.
“The decision was made easier by the return of Dan Sarginson who performed well last year at full-back and by the obvious enthusiasm, tenacity and commitment to the Wigan full-back position of Lewis Tierney.”
Hampshire added: “Firstly I am delighted to sign a contract extension with Wigan. Kris Radlinski and Ian Lenagan have assured me that I have a big future with Wigan and I appreciate the Club’s support at this stage. I have showed the trust in what I have been told by signing the new contract.
“I am excited in joining Castleford on loan. Being in a new environment at a club that is aiming high will no doubt be good.”