Wigan sign Jake Bibby from Salford

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Wigan have confirmed the signing of Salford Red Devils centre Jake Bibby on a two-year deal from the beginning of next season.

Wigan-born Bibby has been in impressive form in 2019, having scored seven tries in 11 appearances for the Red Devils this year.

Bibby came through the ranks at Salford through their academy system in 2015, making his debut for the AJ Bell Stadium based outfit as an 18-year old.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Warriors handed contract extensions to Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb and the England Academy trio of Ollie Partington, Morgan Smithies and Jack Wells, while also confirming the capture of Castleford forward Mitch Clark.

On the deal, Bibby said: “As a kid, it’s your ambition to play for your hometown club so I’m delighted to have signed with Wigan Warriors for 2020 and beyond.

“It (the move to Wigan) was a no-brainer. I remember sitting in that South Stand at the DW Stadium when I was growing up, and when you’re a kid it makes you want to play for Wigan. Seeing lads I’ve played against at my age like George Williams and Oliver Gildart winning trophies, that kind of spurs you on wanting to do well for yourself and in a team like this.

“I’m looking forward to pulling on the Cherry and White jersey next year, playing in front of the Wigan faithful and challenging myself to improve and help the team go for honours. I’d like to thank Salford for their investment and faith in me as a player and I’ve still got a lot to concentrate on for the rest of 2019 for the Red Devils.”

Warriors Executive Director Kris Radlinski added: “Jake has proven at Salford that he is a high-level Super League performer and competitor. The exciting thing for Wigan Warriors, and for Jake, is that we believe he still has room for improvement.

“He is a well-built, strong ball-carrier who possesses great footwork and has an eye for the try-line. Jake can play across the backline, is equally adept at centre as he is on the wing and as a Wiganer, it’s great to have him fulfil his exciting potential with his hometown Club.”

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