Wigan Warriors today announce that Second Row Forward Harrison Hansen is to leave the Club and will be joining the Salford Red Devils immediately for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking about the news, Chairman Ian Lenagan said;
“We can confirm that Harrison is to leave and will be joining Salford Red Devils. We have been in discussion with the player over the last few weeks following an approach from Salford for his services and Harrison expressed a strong desire to move on. We are obviously disappointed to lose him after nine years of loyal service but, after such loyal service to Wigan, it would have been churlish to have prevented him taking up this opportunity which he so clearly wants to pursue and which is of significant benefit to him.
“Harrison had just one year remaining on his current contract and had indicated that he would leave when his contract was up. Following Salford’s approach, and Harrison’s request to move on, it allowed us to negotiate a substantial transfer fee for someone who would otherwise have left for nothing in 12 months’ time.
“Our squad planning has also provided us with great quality and depth in the back row with Tony Clubb, John Bateman and Sam Hopkins joining our home grown players including Jack Hughes and Greg Burke, and obviously Internationals Liam Farrell and Sean O’Loughlin.”
Head Coach Shaun Wane added;
“Although we are sad to lose Harrison, we are also aware of his desire to join his hometown club. Wigan offered him a long term deal to stay but he feels the time is now right for him to move on and take this opportunity with Salford. He has worn the famous Wigan jersey with honour and distinction and we wish him well in this new chapter in his playing career.”
Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said;
“’H’ has been an important member of our squad for over 9 years and has constantly put his body on the line for the Club; however, when he met with us he spoke with great passion about joining his hometown team. At this point and from the look in his eyes we knew he had emotionally moved on. He will get a huge contract out of the move and as we love him as both a player and a great bloke, ‘Happy Feet’ as we affectionately call him leaves with our blessing.”
Harrison Hansen commented;
“I've loved every minute playing for Wigan, it's been a huge part of my life since I was 15 years old. To have been part of this special Club for so long has been a real honour and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Wigan will always have a special place in my heart and I have so many fantastic memories.
“I would like to give a massive thanks to all the fans for their amazing support, I've met some great people and made some true friends. To all the players and coaching staff along the way, you have all contributed to the person and rugby player I am today, thank you.”