Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
All the talk lately has been about Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks and where he will end up in season 2022, but let’s have a look at the incoming Wests Tigers half, Jackson Hastings.
In 2014, Hastings made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters and largely played as a second-string half during his time at the club, before a move to the Sea Eagles in 2017 saw him get more first grade game time; however, a falling out between the 25-year-old with Daly Cherry-Evans and then coach Trent Barrett would result in his release in 2018.
Hastings then landed at Salford, a mid to low table Super League club, that he was instrumental in leading to the Grand Final in 2019, a year where he would also be named the Man of Steel, before moving to Wigan and playing in the 2020 Super League Grand Final.
Still, at the club in 2021, it was announced earlier this year that Hastings had signed a two-year deal with the Wests Tigers commencing next season, after a three and a half year hiatus from the NRL.
This year Jackson Hastings has scored three tries, assisted 16, made 72 tackle busts, four clean breaks and made 196 tackles, missing 14.
At the Wests Tigers, the pressure will be on Hastings to perform well instantly, as the club believes he will be the player to take them back to the finals.
His form whilst in Super League has been superb and with a full pre-season under his belt back in Australia, there is no reason why he can’t be for the Tigers either, where he will form a potentially dangerous pairing with Adam Doueihi in the halves.
Oliver Gildart will also be joining the Tigers in 2022, a teammate of Hastings at Wigan and an England International.
Gildart was named Super League Young Player of the Year in 2017, has won two league titles with the club and a World Club Challenge against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in 2017.
The Tigers now look to their incoming duo from Wigan for help that they will desperately need in 2022.