Wigan head coach Matt Peet admits the future of Patrick Mago remains unconfirmed, with the out-of-contract forward yet to be offered a new deal beyond 2023.
The 28-year-old signed an initial two-year deal with the Warriors from the South Sydney Rabbitohs ahead of the 2022 Super League season – with an option for a third campaign.
He played 31 times during his debut year in England, featuring from the interchange bench in the Challenge Cup final triumph over Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The former North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos prop is currently enjoying his best form of the season heading towards the play-offs, with one last chance to earn himself a new deal at the DW Stadium.
He has increased his average metres gained in the last five weeks, and has produced four performances that has included more than 100 metres in carries across the last five fixtures – a feat only achieved twice before in the year.
Patrick Mago future discussed by Wigan boss
“It’s a credit to him and a credit to his hard work,” head coach Peet said on Mago’s current form.
“He’s playing well, so he’s playing longer minutes. He’s committed and playing how we want him to. Consistency in his defence and his effort areas and obviously he’s devastating when he carries.
“There’s lots to be pleased about and Paddy is well aware we’re made up with him and how he’s playing at the minute and he’s a very popular member of the team.”
Confirming the New Zealand-born player’s future, Peet continued: “He’s not got an offer from us at the moment.
“That’s not the end of the line with us and him. We’re talking all the time.
“I’d say we’re not clear, but we’ve not got much time now so we’ll make a decision one way or another.”