// Wigan Sign Jordan James
Wigan Warriors confirm the signing of Welsh International Forward Jordan James on a One-Year Contract for the 2014 season.
The 33 year old had already joined Wigan's Staff to help develop young talent in Wales after completing his playing contract with the Salford Red Devils but will now take up a playing contract with the double winners. Jordan joins Wigan for a second time having made six appearances and scoring three tries in the 2006 season.
Speaking about the news, Chairman Ian Lenagan said;
"We are pleased to have Jordan playing for us in the forthcoming season. His attitude and commitment to continue playing is exceptional and the Coaching Staff believe he still has a lot to offer. His experience and presence will be beneficial to our young squad and we would all like to see Jordan end his playing career on a high. There is an element of romance attached to a player finishing his career with Wigan, in a similar way that Paul Deacon did with us before moving on to coaching. We believe that it will be a great story for Jordan".
Head Coach Shaun Wane added;
"Jordan has been training pre-season with us and has really impressed with his fitness and desire to continue playing at the highest level. Jordan was a stand-out performer at Salford last season and led Wales from the front in the 2013 World Cup as Captain. He will add quality and experience to our squad and we are pleased to have him join us. Within days of him joining Wigan as a coach, I sensed that he had more to offer. After discussing the opportunity of him playing for us with Kris Radlinski, I was convinced he could do a job for us for a season."
Jordan James commented;
"This is an amazing opportunity for me to finish my playing career with Wigan. I have been training with the boys and really enjoyed it and I am delighted to have been offered a contract to play for the forthcoming season before following a coaching career. Wigan are a huge Club and I am looking forward to playing my part in the squad for what is a really exciting year ahead."
Jordan will concentrate on his new playing role with the Club and his position helping develop young players for the Club in South Wales will be re-staffed to ensure player development with Wales continues.
Jordan will be given squad number 28 and is likely to make his first appearance in a Warriors shirt on Sunday in Paul Prescott's Testimonial game at Workington Town.