Written by Zack Wilson
Wigan Warriors confirmed last week that Maltese international halfback Jarrod Sammut has signed for the club on a two-year contract.
That the Super League champions came in for the player surprised some observers, but it is certainly a great opportunity for the former Penrith Panthers man.
“It’s a massive opportunity for myself to play for one of the biggest clubs in Super League,” he told Wigan’s website.
“The whole environment at the club is something that will help me progress my game even further.”
The Maltese international has often seemed to have a frustrating career.
Many of us feel that Sammut is a very gifted player, who would have been capable of a more sustained spell in Super League.
Hopefully now Wigan will prove to be the place where he really shines.
He will have good players around him, and the onus will not be on him when it comes to controlling games.
One suspects Sammut is there to break open tight games with his flair and skill, to give Wigan an extra attacking edge when needed.
The main question is whether he has sufficient Super League experience to really offer anything of value to the Warriors.
For a 31-year-old, he is certainly lacking in the depth of his top level experience, with the majority of his career having been spent at semi-pro clubs.
Being in a full-time environment may bring another level out of the player, though.
It will be interesting to see how he does. When in form, he is a gifted and creative attacking player who can be exciting to watch.
While he is unlikely to become the first-choice halfback at the Warriors, he is another strong pivot option for Adrian Lam to have in his squad.
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