Former Leeds Rhinos target Jai Field joins Wigan Warriors

Jai Field. Picture by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.Jai Field. Picture by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.
Jai Field. Picture by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.
Wigan Warriors have signed Australian back Jai Field, who attracted interest from Leeds Rhinos late last year.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Wigan beginning in 2021.

Rhinos were in touch with Field's agent last winter, but did not have a space on their overseas quota.

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Field can play at half-back or full-back and has made 17 appearances in the NRL, for St George-Illawarra Dragons and Parramatta Eels.

He said: “I am really excited to be joining Wigan.

"I feel proud to have been given the opportunity to play for such a big club with huge history.

“I have been watching the team from afar in Australia and I am really enjoying it, seeing them play some fantastic rugby.

"I can’t wait to be a part of it next year and beyond."

Warriors coach Adrian Lam said: “Jai is a player I’ve watched since he was 15.

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"He’s a very smart rugby league player and another x-factor addition to our squad in 2021.

"His skill levels are as good as any in the NRL.

“I see him as another version of [current Wigan half-back] Bevan French – he has got great footwork and pace and he will add to our attacking flair.

"He could possibly be the quickest player in Super League next year.”

Wigan's executive director Kris Radlinski said Field will "bring additional excitement to a backline that is already packed full of skill and speed".

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He added: "We will encourage him to express himself on the rugby league field and have some fun out there."

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