Convert Thornley in Wigan return

Wigan have signed their former centre Iain Thornley from Premiership rugby union side Sale Sharks, on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Thornley, 20, came through Wigan’s academy set up before switching codes in 2010, but he now returns to the DW Stadium, to link up with Shaun Wane’s title chasing squad.

He said: “This is a great opportunity for me and I am thrilled to be given the chance to return to the Wigan Warriors. It is nice to know that the Club continued to follow my progress after my departure and it is my aim to pay Wigan back by working hard, earning a place in the side and playing to the best of my ability. I am really looking forward to being a part again of this great Club.

“I have enjoyed my time at Sale and wish them well for the future.”

Billinge-born Thornley, who can also play in the back-row, represented England rugby league at Under 15 and Under 18 level.

Warriors’ Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said: “This is good news for the club. We were disappointed that Iain chose to leave us two years ago but understood his reasoning. We made sure it was an amicable departure since we always felt that one day he may wish to return. He is a terrific athlete who can play both in the back-row and in the centre. 

“He has made a brave choice in returning to Rugby League and the Warriors as he was impressing many people in Rugby Union.”

Thornley played seven times for Sale in the Aviva Premiership, and also spent time on loan at Leeds Carnegie earlier this season.

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