Union star set to join Warriors?

Sale Sharks' Andy Powell
Sale Sharks' Andy Powell

WIGAN have refused to be drawn on reports of a move for Andy Powell.

Coach Shaun Wane declined to comment and assistant Iestyn Harris – who took the post-match press conference after a 44-24 win against Wakefield – said: “I don’t know anything about that.”

But it is understood Powell, who turns 32 in August, is on the radar.

And the silence from the coaches may only serve to intensify the speculation.

The Welsh international – who played league as a teenager – is out of contract at Sale Sharks at the end of this season and has spoken in the past of his desire to switch codes.

“I would love to go and play league. I really would. It would suit my game,” he told The Guardian in 2010.

“League is about getting the ball in hand and it’s a straight-on game that matches my style.”

Despite playing as a No.8 in union, it is thought Wigan’s coaches believe he has what it takes to make it as a prop in the 13-a-side code.

Shaun Wane has been looking to bolster the front-row, with Paul Prescott sidelined with a back injury and Epa Lauaki not figuring at all this year. Powell (right) has earned 23 caps for Wales in union, but made headlines in 2010 for driving a golf buggy on the M4, which saw him thrown out of the national squad.

A year later, Wasps released him after a drunken brawl in a west London bar, though he has avoided controversy since moving to Sale.

If his move to Wigan goes through, he could be in the frame for a return to the international stage with the Welsh league team - coached by Harris - for the end-of-season World Cup.

Harris added: “If he does (come) it would be great for Wales. But I know nothing about it.”

Wigan already have three Welshmen, Ben Flower, Gil Dudson and Rhodri Lloyd, in their senior squad and chairman Ian Lenagan has spoken in the past of his plan to widen their scouting network to union and to Wales.Wane, too, has shown his willingness to sign ‘project players’, having recruited Anthony Gelling from the New Zealand lower-league and Dudson and Flower from Crusaders when they withdrew from Super League.

Sale Sharks’ season finishes next month.