Ryan Hampshire makes Wigan return

Josh McAllister
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Wigan have confirmed the return of outside-back Ryan Hampshire on a one-year deal, with further options in the club’s favour for two more.

The full-back or half-back came through the Wigan system where he played under current Warriors head coach Matt Peet.

He went on to make 30 first team appearances, scoring nine tries and kicking 24 goals.

Hampshire, 28, left Wigan in 2016 and has since had spells with Leigh, Wakefield and Castleford.

Ryan Hampshire returns to Wigan

On the addition, Peet said: “I have stayed in contact with Ryan over the years and know him well. When the possibility came up to sign him, I discussed it fully with my coaching team and our playing group.

“We believe Ryan is a talented player and we can bring even more out of him.

“He will provide important backup options across half-backs, full-back and three-quarters and can drive competition for places.

“Ryan is recovering from a long-term ACL injury but our experienced medical team have performed stringent medicals to ensure that he is where he needs to be. Plans have been put in place to guide him through the final two months of rehabilitation.

“Ryan has always been a committed professional and a great trainer and I am confident that we are now getting a mature rugby player with exactly the right attitude to fit in with the selfless, team-culture environment so important to Wigan’s whole approach and I know our fans will give him a warm welcome.”

Hampshire commented: “I am delighted to be coming back to Wigan.

“I am a different person from seven years ago and keen to show the Wigan fans my commitment and capabilities.

“I look forward to the opportunity to help Wigan win more trophies and to earning the respect and confidence of my team-mates.”

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