Wigan Warriors’ Jackson Hastings plays down rumours linking him with a return to the NRL

It’s certainly not unusual to see reports linking Super League’s finest players with a move to the NRL – and sometimes they happen.

Most recently, the game in the northern hemisphere lost St Helens and England prop Luke Thompson to the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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Trent Merrin spent the best part of 2019 insisting he was at Leeds to stay, only to return to the NRL for family reasons at the conclusion of last season.

Jackson Hastings is the latest Super League star to be linked with a move Down Under.

The reigning Man of Steel, who is contracted to Wigan Warriors until the end of next season, has an NRL release clause in his contract which allows the star playmaker to leave should an opportunity arise.

Reports suggest the New Zealand Warriors and Thompson’s new club Canterbury are interested.

When I spoke to Hastings, however, he insisted it was news to him.

To be honest with you, I personally haven’t heard or received anything.

Jackson Hastings

“To be honest with you, I personally haven’t heard or received anything,” Hastings told Sky Sports. “My manager could be a different story, but he’s yet to be in touch with me if he has.

“So yeah, it was a bit of a surprise reading it. My manager may know more, but we haven’t spoken for a while.

“As I said, it was news to me!”

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