Richards agrees Wigan stay

Wigan winger ends speculation by signing new two-year deal

Last Updated: 06/05/11 12:34pm

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Richards: Committed to Wigan

Richards: Committed to Wigan

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Pat Richards has ended talk of a possible switch to rugby union or a return to Australia by signing a new two-year deal with Wigan Warriors.

The 29-year-old winger, who signed from Wests Tigers in 2006, was named Man of Steel while helping Wigan win last year's Super League title and was out of contract at the end of this season.

The Ireland international had been linked with a move to Sale or back to the NRL, but he will now stay with the Warriors for the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.

Having been a consistent performer throughout his time in England, Richards rose to prominence last season with 32 tries and 167 goals, sweeping the board at Wigan's player of the year awards, as well as winning the Rugby League writers' prize and being named Man of Steel.

Future sorted

"I am pleased that my immediate future has now been sorted and I am thrilled to be staying with Wigan," Richards said.

"Myself and my family have thoroughly enjoyed our time in the UK, which we now call home, and with the Wigan club.

"2010 was a magnificent year for me, both individually and for the club and I am hoping to play a major part in bringing more success to our magnificent fans over the next couple of years."

Last year saw Wigan claim their first Super League crown for 12 years.

Richards suffered an Achilles injury in the Grand Final win over St Helens but has now returned to action and has been chosen in the Exiles squad to face England on June 10.

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