3. Zak Hardaker

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Factfile

Position: Centre / Full back
Date of birth: 17/10/1991
Heritage number: 1090
Height: 6ft 1
Weight: 93kg
Previous club: Castleford Tigers
Representative honours: Great Britain, England, England Knights
Wigan Debut: vs St Helens (A), full back (two goals), lost 22-12 at the Totally Wicked Stadium, 31/01/2019

Honours

World Club Challenge: 2012
Super League: 2011, 2012, 2015 GFs
Challenge Cup: 2014, 2015
League Leaders’ Shield: 2015, 2017, 2020
Super League Man of Steel: 2015
Super League Dream Team: 2014, 2015, 2017

Profile

A highly decorated player who was Wigan’s Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Community Player of the Season in 2019.

  • Hardaker signed a four-year deal with Wigan in May 2018, starting from 2019.
  • He is a versatile player who can operate at centre, full back or on the wing.
  • He has previously played for Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos, Penrith Panthers and Castleford Tigers.
  • Internationally, Hardaker has represented England Knights (2012-2013) and England (2012-2015).
  • He is a double Grand Final winner (2011 and 2012), double Challenge Cup winner (2014 and 2015) and double League Leaders’ Shield winner (2015 and 2017).
  • The full back was named the 2012 Super League Young Player of the Year whilst at Leeds and named the 2015 Super League Man of Steel after a stellar season at the Rhinos.
  • After stints with Penrith Panthers and Castleford Tigers, Hardaker joined Wigan in 2019 and went on to make 32 appearances in his debut season, scoring 12 tries, converting 97 goals and one drop goal.
  • An impressive 2019 campaign saw him called up to the Great Britain Lions squad for the Tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, where he played two of the four matches.
  • Shifting from full back to centre, Hardaker produced another impressive campaign for Wigan in 2020, appearing 20 times, scoring five tries and kicking 72 goals in all competitions.
  • Hardaker was a consistent performer in Wigan’s League Leaders’ Shield winning side of 2020.
  • Hardaker made 19 appearances in the 2021 season, accumulating 63-points with 6 tries, 19 goals and 1 drop goal.

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