Wigan Warriors boss Matt Peet has dropped a major hint on the future of Mike Cooper, who is currently undergoing his rehabilitation.
The veteran prop forward suffered multiple knee ligaments damage on Good Friday against rivals St Helens, and later underwent surgery on his road to recovery.
Cooper, 34, is currently off-contract at the end of the season but looks to be re-signed by the Warriors as he continues his rehab.
The former St George Illawarra Dragons representative made the mid-season move from hometown club Warrington midway through the 2022 Super League campaign after being pushed out by then-coach Daryl Powell.
An England international, having played at last year’s World Cup on home soil, Cooper has made 15 appearances for the DW Stadium outfit to date since.
Wigan boss drops major hint on future of Mike Cooper
Head coach Peet provided an update on the prop’s recovery to media on Tuesday, admitting that he would like to retain the forward after predicting a strong return to the field.
“Outstandingly well, he’s so committed,” Peet said on Cooper’s recovery.
“Just today we’ve had a meeting and his name came up about how well he’s applied himself.
“He spent last week down at St George’s Park just increasing the focus around his rehab.
“He’s dedicated to his nutrition, strength and conditioning. He looks in great shape.
“He’s a player that next year, he’s going to come back very determined, fit and ready to make another impression.”
Kai Pearce-Paul will depart Wigan at the end of the season for a move to the NRL, while Willie Isa, Ryan Hampshire, Patrick Mago, Cade Cust, Ramon Silva and Iain Thornley remain without deals beyond the current season.