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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Posted by Ashton Bears on Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:15 pm
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Sam Powell, Josh Woods and Harry Smith sign new three-year deals with Wigan
Josh Woods to head out on season-long loan to Leigh Centurions for 2019
Wigan Warriors’ playmakers Sam Powell and Josh Woods and Academy scrum-half Harry Smith have all put pen to paper on a fresh three-year deals to remain with reigning Betfred Super League Champions Wigan Warriors until 2022.

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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:58 pm
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Good to have options. As a hooker I rate Powell and it’s not an easy position to recruit in so to have him tied down is good. It’ll be interesting to see how Woods develops at Leigh this year. I thought he looked a little nervous at times last year, so to play a full season at a good level will help.

The biggest news is probably the youngest player. He looked a top talent in the academy series and I’m sure people will have sat up and took notice. He’s got a couple of great mentors to learn from over the course of that deal.
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:02 pm
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Ashton Bears wrote:
Sam Powell, Josh Woods and Harry Smith sign new three-year deals with Wigan
Josh Woods to head out on season-long loan to Leigh Centurions for 2019
Wigan Warriors’ playmakers Sam Powell and Josh Woods and Academy scrum-half Harry Smith have all put pen to paper on a fresh three-year deals to remain with reigning Betfred Super League Champions Wigan Warriors until 2022.

Read more at https://www.wiganwarriors.com/news/2018 ... 6ve2Vrv.99

I can hear the howls now but I am glad to see Sam being given a vote of confidence. Smith is a no brainer given the rave reviews. Woods is the interesting one as he is going out on loan. I wonder if he will still be in the halves this time next year or will we be looking to bulk him up and play him at loose forward given his lack of pace.
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:31 pm
Posted by The_Enforcer on Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:31 pm
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I think we should be in the market for a new 9 next year. Powell does a decent job there but we need a smooth operator like Dermott was, somebody who can pose a bigger threat in attack and has a bit of trickery about him. Powell will be very good reliable back up though.

I would rather Woods stay here and learn from Lam. Why bring in a great half back as coach and then send your young half back out on loan?
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:36 pm
Posted by exiled Warrior on Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:36 pm
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I would rather Woods stay here and learn from Lam. Why bring in a great half back as coach and then send your young half back out on loan?


Because he will learn far more playing and getting game time than hanging around Wigan not getting any game time (especially as reserve grade is a non-entity and he will likely not get much, if any first team action unless there is a major injury crisis). You can only learn so much from talking to a coach than you can playing week in week out - I am sure the Wigan coaching staff will monitor him carefully.

Playing regularly at Championship level will be a good test for him.
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:51 pm
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Great news about Woods and Smith, excited to see how they progress. Powell - it depends how much cap space he's taking up I suppose. I think most starting SL hookers are better than him, but the money saved on him may well allow us to spend more on a Williams, Greenwood etc.
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:37 pm
Posted by Brick with eyes on Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:37 pm
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I'm happy we've tied all three of these lads up , all quality players
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:49 pm
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Because he will learn far more playing and getting game time than hanging around Wigan not getting any game time (especially as reserve grade is a non-entity and he will likely not get much, if any first team action unless there is a major injury crisis). You can only learn so much from talking to a coach than you can playing week in week out - I am sure the Wigan coaching staff will monitor him carefully.

Playing regularly at Championship level will be a good test for him.


Woods training with you guys as normal, joining up with us the odd evenings our PT status now gives us - seems like a win win
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:20 pm
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No one in the club seems to have anything but praise for Powell. Perhaps we should count up his Grand Final winners medals and compare them to some of those other players who are so much better.
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Post Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:40 pm
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Let's not forget the reduction in interchanges next season. Powell's ability to do 80 mins is a huge bonus allowing us to keep the props rotating.
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