Toby King makes shock Wigan move

James Gordon
Toby King Warrington Wolves

Warrington centre Toby King has signed for Wigan on a season-long loan deal for 2023.

King, 26, is currently on loan at Huddersfield after a rumoured fall out with Wolves coach Daryl Powell.

He only signed a new contract extension until the end of 2024 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last year.

Warriors head coach, Matt Peet, said: “We look forward to getting the best out of him. It’s an area we were looking to strengthen and it’s an opportunity for us and for him.

“It’s an opportunity that is exciting – getting him back firing. He’s a genuine centre, competes hard and combines size and pace with good ball skills. Players here who have played with him with England Knights speak highly of him and he comes here with strong references from Lee Briers, Mike Cooper and Jack Phillips.”

Competing for trophies

Toby King was in the 2020 Super League Dream Team and has scored 52 tries in 138 appearances for Warrington.

The England Knights international moved to hometown club Huddersfield midway through this season in a deal that saw Jake Wardle go the other way.

He said: “I’m really excited to meet everyone involved at this prestigious Club and compete at the very top for some trophies.

The departure of King was a surprise, as Warrington had beaten off competition from rival clubs to tie him down last year.

After he was dropped for the 4-0 defeat against Hull, the next day it was announced King was moving to Huddersfield on a short-term deal.

The Giants had been linked with a permanent switch, but they have signed Kevin Naiqama and are heavily linked with Wigan’s Jake Bibby.

King will join former team-mate Mike Cooper at the DW Stadium.

Cooper had agreed a deal to join Wigan from 2023, but was released by the Wolves last month and joined up with the Warriors immediately.

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