The Wigan Warriors have not been Super League champions since 2018 which for them is getting close to a serious league title drought but it hasn’t been through lack of trying.
In recent seasons the club has made several smart signings including the likes of Jackson Hastings, Bevan French and Jai Field which have helped them remain contenders; however, the juggernaut that is their arch-rivals St Helens have been unstoppable and seek a fourth straight Super League title in 2022.
Since Wigan last won the league title they have finished in the top four every season and were runners up in 2020 after playing out an all-time classic against the Saints.
It is quite a shame as if this was just about any other era Wigan would have won at least one league title over the past three years with the talent they have had on show.
Club legend Thomas Leuluai is set to retire at the end of this season which means the Warriors will have to once again look to what has been a strong recruitment team to bring in a player that can maintain the club’s contenders status.
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Former Super League player and Sky Sports analyst Jon Wells believes that Wigan may already be pursuing Leuluai’s replacement.
“Mason Lino has been linked with Wigan, Tom Johnstone seems to be mentioned as a potential departee every year,” Wells when speaking about Wakefield Trinity on Sky Sports.
After an inconsistent NRL career at the New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights Mason Lino found himself at Wakefield in 2021 and despite the club’s poor form overall he had improved significantly and stood out as one of their best players.
Wakefield recently lost 20-14 against fellow relegation contenders Toulouse and are now just two points above last place and could face the drop-down to the Championship in 2022.
If Wakefield is relegated then it could all but confirm Lino’s move to Wigan where he would likely partner current Man of Steel leader Jai Field, who after an injury-plagued first season at the club in 2021 has repaid the Warriors for the faith they’ve had in him.