Mossop in link with early exit from NRL

Lee Mossop in action for Warriors
Lee Mossop in action for Warriors

LEE Mossop has been linked with a return to Super League next season – but not with Wigan.

The prop left the Warriors at the end of 2013 to join Parramatta on a two-year deal. His debut NRL season was bookended by long spells on the sidelines with shoulder problems.

Despite his injuries, Mossop’s stock remains high and at least one Super League outfit are pushing hard to sign him for 2015 – raising the possibility of him playing against the club where he made 111 appearances over six seasons.

Under the terms of his six-figure transfer to Parramatta, Wigan retained first option on his services if he decided to return to Super League.

He is highly regarded at the Warriors and was in their dressing room during the play-offs.

But coach Shaun Wane has previously made no secret of the fact they have little room left under the salary cap limit of £1.6m.

A deal for Huddersfield’s Larne Patrick is also thought to be down the line.

Mossop, who became a dad two months ago, has not made any public comments suggesting he wants to cut short his NRL deal, but at least one outfit are chasing him hard.

Meanwhile, details of Wigan’s World Club Series game against Brisbane should be made next Wednesday. They are scheduled to meet on Saturday February 21 as part of the six-team competition.

But Latics are at home on the same day, meaning one fixture will need to be moved if both are to be played at the DW Stadium.