Wigan sign Swinton centre Chris Hankinson
- The 24-year old former Salford and Leigh centre has been in impressive form for the Lions in the Championship
Wigan Warriors have signed Swinton Lions centre Chris Hankinson with immediate effect.
The 24-year old former Salford and Leigh centre has been in impressive form for the Lions in the Championship and will join the Warriors on a deal until 2020, with the option of a one-year extension.
It will be a welcome addition to Wigan’s back division considering the injuries to Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Liam Forsyth and Joe Burgess.
Executive Director, Kris Radlinski: “Chris is a player who we’ve been impressed with for some time. He is a dynamic centre; possesses good footwork and is a danger with ball in hand.
“He’s developed under the stewardship of Stuart Littler at Swinton and we believe that he’ll come into our environment and flourish. Chris is keen to progress his career at this level and we believe he’ll add quality to our backline options. Our thanks must go to Swinton Chairman Andy Mazey and Head Coach Stuart Littler, who have been co-operative throughout this process and it’s another example of how strong the Wigan-Swinton relationship is.
“This hasn’t been a rushed decision, as we’ve been impressed with Chris’ ability when we’ve been tracking our own players in the Swinton set-up this year. Chris will be a great addition to the group and we’re looking forward to seeing him contribute in the Cherry & White very soon.”
On joining the Warriors’, Hankinson said: “I’m absolutely made up with signing for the team I’ve grown up watching as a kid. I can’t wait to get stuck in and a do a job for the club. It will be a great story to tell.
“I want to thank Swinton for their help and the support they’ve given me, especially Stuart Littler, Andy Mazey and Dave Peet for allowing me to take this opportunity with Wigan.”
As part of the agreement with the club’s dual-registration partners, three players with join up with the Lions’ squad – Joe Brown, Craig Mullen and Macauley Davies – on loan deals for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Hankinson is set to be involved in Wigan’s squad for Thursday’s Derby clash against St Helens subject to RFL clearance.