Sarginson happy to stay despite interest from NRL

Dan Sarginson
Dan Sarginson

DAN Sarginson has reaffirmed his commitment to Wigan – but admitted he would love a crack at the NRL down the track.

His starring display against the Kangaroos on Test debut last weekend did not go unnoticed by watching club officials.

The 21-year-old has been targeted by Australian clubs in the past. He admits he would be tempted by a switch later in his career but has no plans to abandon Wigan.

He said: “I have had a few offers the last couple of years to go to the NRL but for the time being and with most of my close family in England, I can’t see myself moving for a while.

“You want to come out and challenge yourself against the best but I am at Wigan at the moment.” He has another season on his Warriors deal, with a year option.

“He’s here for a couple more years and I hope we can extend it,” said coach Shaun Wane, who signed him from London Broncos 12 months ago.

“We gave him his chance and he is loving it at Wigan.”

Sarginson did enough on his debut to hold onto his England place for Saturday’s decisive Four Nations clash against New Zealand. “I was pleased with how he played against Australia, but not at all surprised – he’s a quality player.

“The good thing about Dan is he’s not the finished article, he’s still young – he’s going to be a great player for many, many years to come.”

Sarginson’s club team-mate Joe Burgess is thought to be heading to the NRL in 2016 with Sydney Roosters. Prop Gil Dudson has also attracted interest.

But one player to recently make the switch, Lee Mossop, may return to these shores with Leeds emerging as the front-runners to sign him if he cuts short his NRL spell to return to Super League.

The Evening Post revealed on Tuesday he was being targeted by a rival club.

Wigan have first option on him and – though they admire him – they are close to the salary cap limit, and are well-stocked for front-rowers following the capture of Taulima Tautai and Larne Patrick.