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Wigan Warriors complete signing of former Leeds Rhinos prop forward

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 17/09/2020 11:46:07 Tom Bramwell

Wigan have completed the signing of former Leeds Rhinos prop Brad Singleton, with the Cumbrian available to play for the Warriors immediately.

Singleton had agreed a deal to the end of the 2023 season after being granted permission to explore alternative options when Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the Betfred Super League earlier in the year.

But with Joe Bullock recently suffering a broken hand and George Burgess struggling with a hip complaint, the Warriors have moved quickly to bring Singleton to the DW Stadium earlier than anticipated.

"With the end of season deadline fast approaching next week, we have taken the opportunity to strengthen the squad for the final and most difficult third of the season," said Wigan's executive director Kris Radlinski.

"It's fair to say that Brad has been on our radar for many years. We have long admired his uncompromising style and have always felt that he was a Wigan style of forward.

"The opportunity presented itself due to the unfortunate circumstances at Toronto. Brad has been training alone so the intensity of his training won't be where it needs to be yet, so the priority is to integrate him into our squad early next week and build up his workload.

"From my conversations with Brad, I was incredibly impressed with his manner, his intelligence and his desire to win more trophies. He already has an impressive CV with trophy wins under his belt and we expect a second spike with more trophies to follow. I think he will be a quality addition to our pack and a great mentor for some of our younger guys."

The 27-year-old made four appearances for the Wolfpack prior to the shut down of the sport back in March, including one against the Warriors at the DW Stadium in February.

"It's a pleasure to be here," said Singleton. "Things didn't go as planned with Toronto so there was a case where I needed to look for another club and with Wigan interested, I was ready to sign.

"I've been around Super League for quite a long time now and I've always envied the way this camp played rugby. They've got massive history and the badge weighs more with responsibility.

"There are performances expected from a certain type of Wigan player and I hope I can do that justice.

"I'm champing at the bit and I'm ready to give my all for this club. My main aim is to complement this group and earn the respect of the lads."

The news comes quickly on the back of a new three-year contract for exciting young forward Ethan Havard, while John Bateman returns to the club next year from the NRL.

And Singleton has already received big praise from his future teammate in Canberra.

"I was talking to John Bateman a few days ago and he was full of compliments for Brad saying that he will be really good for us," said Radlinski.

"The prospect of those two playing alongside each other, in addition to an already competitive set of forwards, is an exciting prospect."


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