Warriors bank £1m in transfer fees

Salford coach Brian Noble welcomes Harrison Hansen to the club
Salford coach Brian Noble welcomes Harrison Hansen to the club

THE sale of Harrison Hansen to Salford has tipped Wigan beyond the £1m mark for transfer fees received this year.

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan would not reveal how much they received from the Reds buy-out the final year of his contract, other than to say it was a “substantial transfer fee”.

Wigan have also received payments for Lee Mossop, Gareth Hock and Sam Tomkins this year - three players who were also under contract for 2014 and beyond.

None of those three transfers were made public.

But New Zealand Warriors are understood to have paid nearly £700,000 for full-back Tomkins.

Parramatta splashed out around £150,000 for prop Mossop, while Salford paid a similar amount for Hock after he made a U-turn on his decision to move to the Eels.

Hock spent last season on loan at Widnes after a bitter fall-out with the Warriors.

Until recently, transfer fees were only paid occasionally – with most clubs instead opting to wait until players’ contracts expired and recruiting them for free.

Wigan did purchase Stuart Fielden from Bradford in 2006 and, the following year, sold Chris Ashton to Northampton RU.

Under chairman Ian Lenagan, they have paid transfer fees for both current halfbacks, Blake Green and Matty Smith, as well as prop Scott Taylor. They also paid to land off-season recruits John Bateman (Bradford) and Sam Hopkins (Leigh).

Wigan have used money raise to invest heavily in both their training base and coaching set-up. They have also strengthened their scouting and junior networks, including appointing Rob Purdham and Jordan James to coaching roles in Cumbria and Wales respectively.