Wigan Warriors have confirmed halfback Jackson Hastings has signed a new contract which will see him stay at the Club for the 2021 season.
Since joining Wigan at the start of 2020, the half-back has been one of the standout performers for the Warriors, playing 19 games, scoring nine tries and creating 19 assists.
Having been instrumental in saving Salford from relegation in 2018, the stand-off guided the Red Devils to their first ever Super League Grand Final a year later after playing 29 games, scoring eight tries and providing 36 assists.
After being named 2019 Steve Prescott Man of Steel and a member of the Betfred Super League Dream Team, Hastings played in all four games for Great Britain Lions on the tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
On signing a new deal with Wigan, Hastings said: “I wanted to earn my second year and prove to myself, my teammates and the fans that I could deliver for the Club. I feel I have really earned the chance to be here for another year – I have gained the boys’ trust and respect and that’s what I really wanted to do.
“The whole experience has been great. It’s an honour to play with the senior lads and understand what makes each of them tick. I feel like I’ve started to add my own flavour to what we’re doing, so it’s really exciting going forward.
“It would have been very hard to walk away from the relationships I’ve formed. The relationships we have at training correlate onto the field with the way we’ve been playing, so that played a massive part in why I wanted to stay.
“To the fans, I want them to know that I’m all in. I’m fully committed to the Club. I can’t wait to play in front of them at the DW Stadium – I got a brief glimpse of it earlier in the year. Hopefully, we can continue to play well and get some big crowds in when they’re allowed back and keep playing at the top end of the table. It’s what this club deserves.”
Warriors boss, Adrian Lam, said: “I’m pleased for the Club, the supporters and the team that Jackson has decided to stay for another 12 months.
“The experience and leadership he’s brought to us this year has been outstanding. I have to give him credit to how he’s fitted into the group. I think he’s played better rugby this year than what he played last year. I strongly believe he’s playing a completely different brand and style and he’s adding his little bits to that.
“He’s the ultimate competitor. I’ve never seen anyone like him at training – he’s intense. He’s a smart player and brings that X factor to our team.”