Sam Powell, Josh Woods and Harry Smith sign new three-year deals with Wigan
- Josh Woods to head out on season-long loan to Leigh Centurions for 2019
Wigan Warriors’ playmakers Sam Powell and Josh Woods and Academy scrum-half Harry Smith have all put pen to paper on a fresh three-year deals to remain with reigning Betfred Super League Champions Wigan Warriors until 2022.
Sam Powell, who has made 162 appearances for his hometown club since making his debut in August 2012, has inked a new three-year deal as has Josh Woods, who will head to his hometown team Leigh Centurions on a season-long loan for 2019 as part of his new-deal.
Powell and Woods are the latest players to extend their stay with the Warriors after captain Sean O’Loughlin and winger Dom Manfredi also penned new-deals to stay at the DW Stadium. Powell, 26, is heading into his eighth season as a Wigan senior player, and his new deal will see him bring up a decade of service with the Warriors. Stand-off Josh Woods, who made his Wigan debut in May 2017, has made 11 appearances for the Warriors and has spent time on loan at Swinton Lions during the 2018 season and will head to Leigh Centurions on a one-year loan deal for the 2019 season.
Speaking about extending his deal, Powell said “Wigan Warriors is a club that is in my heart so signing for this great team was an easy decision for me and my family. Winning trophies is top of my list. It’s an exciting time to be a Wigan player, next season we have our Super League title to defend. A new coaching set up that are bringing fresh ideas and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into 2019.”
Josh Woods: “I’m over the moon to sign a three-year deal with Wigan Warriors. I have enjoyed my time here so far and I can’t wait for the next few years at Wigan, learning and developing my game. I’m also excited about spending a season playing for my hometown club Leigh, working alongside John Duffy and gaining great experience in what will be an extremely competitive Championship in 2019.”
Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Adrian Lam: “Sam (Powell) is a key part of Wigan Warriors going forward. We’re very happy that Sam is the latest player to commit his future to the club. He’s a highly influential player within our group with his professionalism and approach to the game something our younger players can look up to.
“Josh’s progress, especially during last season, has been very encouraging. He has worked hard at improving all aspects of his game and is always striving to be a better player and the time he’ll have out on the field as a young half-back will serve him well. He’s a Leigh lad, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy the challenge of playing for the Centurions next season.”
Academy half-back Harry Smith has also signed a new three-year deal with the Club. The 18-year old recently masterminded England Academy to a 14-8 win over the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village with a ten-point personal haul. He picked up the Edwards-Johnson Memorial Trophy as Wigan’s 2018 Under-19s Player of the Year after a stand-out season.
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Executive Director, Kris Radlinski: “We’re very pleased that Sam and Josh have committed their futures, as we continue to secure some of our most talented and important players to Wigan Warriors.
Sam (Powell) continues to play a key role within the group and is a figure who continues to set standards of what a senior Wigan Warriors player should aspire to be. Josh is one of the country’s most promising half-backs, and a season-long loan at Leigh Centurions will be great for his development. Likewise, Harry Smith is player with immense potential, as his recent performances against Australian Schoolboys highlighted. We’re delighted to announce that Sam, Josh and Harry will be Wigan Warriors for years to come.”