Wigan have announced full-back Jai Field has signed a new two-year deal with the option of a third.
Field joined the Warriors ahead of the 2021 season from NRL side Parramatta Eels. On his debut for the club, he suffered a serious hamstring injury that ruled him out for much of the season. He was restricted to only six appearances as Wigan finished fourth.
However, in 2022, he has become a key player. With the absence of Bevan French, Field has had the chance to prove he deserves that starting spot.
At the moment, he currently leads the standings for the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award. He has also scored nine tries so far. He is just one behind Salford’s Ken Sio and St Helens’ Tommy Makinson in the standings.
He was voted the Super League Player of the Month for February, and won the Club’s Player of the Month and Try of the Month awards for both February and March.
Easy decision for Jai Field
On signing his new deal, Field said: “It was an easy decision. The boys, the Club, the staff – everything is great and I’m really enjoying my time here.
“Rugby is a funny game. You can be at two ends of the spectrum really quickly. Last year we all know what happened but it’s pleasing to have the start I’ve had so far.
“I had a great pre-season and got my body right and credit has to go to the staff. I’ve hit the ground running and it’s definitely pleasing to have started the season in that way.
“I just want to keep putting my best foot forward for the team first and foremost and keep getting results.”
Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, added: “It is clear for everybody to see just what an impact that he has had on Super League this season.
“After suffering a very serious injury at the start of 2021, Jai has worked so hard to recover. He is a player who puts you on the edge of your seat when he gets the ball. His highlight reel after seven rounds is incredible and that is reflected in the Man of Steel scoring chart.
“His contract extension is a major boost for the Club and a major boost for Super League.”
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