On the same day that Wigan said goodbye to Matty Smith, the Warriors have managed to bring in another new signing in Morgan Escare.
The full-back has become the second French player to join the club this summer, with Romain Navarrete also making the move to the DW Stadium last week.
The 24-year old joined the Catalans Dragons back in 2013 and he has featured in over 90 games in a three-year period at the club. He’s bagged a number of tries and points along the way and Wigan will be hoping he can do the same for them.
The deal is only for one-year but there is an option of another year after the 2017 season is done.
Escare can also play on the wing, which is where he might be likely to feature next season. With Josh Charnley off to Sale Sharks and with the news that Dom Manfredi will miss a substantial part of the next campaign, he might have to fill in on the wing, despite Joe Burgess arriving too.
Lewis Tierney played as a winger for Wigan over the course of the 2016 Super League season when he needed to and he proved he was more than capable of doing so. He bagged himself 10 tries over the course of the season in 22 appearances including two tries against Hull in the semi-finals to help the Warriors on the way to Old Trafford.
Despite these performances though, Escare might be given some time on the wing in Tierney’s place, with Burgess on the other wing.
However, it might instead mean Sam Tomkins won’t feature as much next year, with Escare’s main position being as a full-back.
In addition to Escare, Wigan also agreed a deal to bring former academy player Liam Forsyth back to the club. The winger has spent a year away in Rugby Union with Bath but is now back at the DW Stadium.