Toby King: Wigan boss on loanee’s future amid Warrington return reports

Drew Darbyshire
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Wigan coach Matt Peet has previously stated that he’d like to keep loanee Toby King beyond this season, but has admitted it will ultimately be Warrington’s decision to make.

King, who has represented England and Ireland on the international stage, is currently on a season-long loan at Wigan from neighbours Warrington.

Earlier this week, Rugby League Live reported that the Wolves ‘appear all but certain’ to recall King once his loan is up with the Warriors following the new salary cap changes that were introduced by the Rugby Football League over the weekend.

King became one of Warrington’s marquee players when he signed a new deal with the club in 2021. The new homegrown marquee salary rulings will see him cost just £50,000 on the Wolves’ salary cap next year, with King contracted to the Wolves until the end of 2025.

And on Tuesday morning, Thirteen reported that Warrington had informed Wigan that they would be keen to have him back with their squad in 2024.

Wigan boss on Toby King future

Wigan coach Matt Peet was asked about the latest on King in his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon, saying: “Nothing has really changed.

“Obviously Toby is here on loan, obviously I’ve mentioned previously that it would be nice to keep him but ultimately he is Warrington’s player.

“It’ll be Warrington’s decision to make.”

Huddersfield-born King came through the ranks at Warrington, making his first team debut in 2014.

The 26-year-old scored 52 tries in 138 appearances for the Wolves, helping them win the Challenge Cup final in 2019 as well as being named in the Super League Dream Team the following season.

King made a loan move to his hometown club Huddersfield last term, playing 12 games for the Giants.

And then he made the season-long loan move to Wigan ahead of this season, where he has scored four tries in 15 appearances to date.

King represented Ireland at last year’s World Cup, qualifying for the Wolfhounds via family heritage. He then made his debut for birth nation England in their mid-season win over France this year.

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