Oliver Gildart to join Wests Tigers at end of season

Wigan centre Oliver Gildart

Wests Tigers have confirmed the signing of Wigan centre Oliver Gildart on a two-year deal from 2022.

The 24-year-old has scored 61 tries in 129 appearances for hometown club Wigan since making his first team debut for the Warriors in 2015.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire said: “Oliver is coming from a very strong and successful club in Wigan and has already played in a number of big matches throughout his career.

“We’re looking forward to him bringing his experience and talents to our squad in 2022 and watching him take the next step forward in his rugby league career in a Wests Tigers jersey.”

Gildart has won two Super League titles and a World Club Challenge with Wigan. He has won four caps in total for Great Britain and England.

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Oliver has made it clear for a number of years that he has an NRL ambition. He has honoured his contact and has served the club and the town tremendously well.

“Young players come to us at 14 years of age and you watch them transition into men. The development journey takes you through many highs and lows and there is always a sense of pride when they achieve their goals.

“Oliver should be very proud of what he has achieved at Wigan and in Super League. We wish him well in the next stages of his career and life.”

Gildart said: “I’ve been living my childhood dream playing for my hometown club since the age of 11.

“I’ll never forget my debut try against Warrington and of course, it doesn’t get much better than playing in front of a packed Old Trafford and scoring a try in a Grand Final win.

“I’ve had the privilege of being surrounded by legends year in year out at this club who have helped me become the person l am today.

“However, it’s been no secret that I’ve wanted to challenge myself over in Australia. When Michael Maguire and his team showed interest, it became clear that Wests Tigers is where I want to be in the next stage of my career.”

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