Wigan back-rower and former Australian test player Phil Bailey has agreed a new one-year deal at the DW Stadium.
Bailey, 29, joined the club in 2007 on a three-year deal, and has made 82 appearances and scored 15 tries in that time.
After achilles surgery, Bailey has joined his team-mates for pre-season training and is now re-classified as federation trained, but remains a quota player.
Bailey said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract having thoroughly enjoyed my time so far with the Warriors. The Club have been great to me, I love the town and the fans have been fantastic. I was really disappointed to miss the end of last season with an Achilles injury but I am well on the road to recovery now and can’t wait to be part of the squad for the new season.”
Bailey originally joined the Warriors as a centre, but made the successful switch to the second-row under Brian Noble. He has experience in the NRL with Manly, Northern Eagles and Cronulla, for whom he made more than 100 appearances.
Wigan Chairman Ian Lenaghan said: “We are pleased to have Phil with us for next season. He is a player who adds vital experience and maturity – something which Michael Maguire values with our relatively young squad – and he will play a major part in helping the younger players at the Club develop their game. The deal is financially beneficial to the Club.”
Head Coach Maguire said: “Phil is a great player to have in your squad and I am pleased he is with us for 2010 and possibly beyond. He is whole-hearted and committed and has a great work ethic.”