Departing Huddersfield Giants forward Larne Patrick has praised the tireless work done by coach Paul Anderson to help make him an established Super League player.

The 26-year-old has today moved to Wigan on a season-long loan, with 22-year-old fellow back-rower Jack Hughes moving in the opposite direction.

Patrick has made 136 appearances for the Giants since returning from a spell in the Australian lower leagues with Narrabean Sharks six years ago, and he has been on Wigan’s radar for over a year.

And the Wales international can’t wait to get started with last season’s Super League Grand Final winners.

I am delighted to join Wigan,” he said. “This is an exciting new challenge and one I am relishing.

“I have had a great time at Huddersfield and would sincerely like to thank coach Paul Anderson for the way he has helped me.

“I am hopeful that my development continues apace under Shaun Wane, another great British coach and someone I am excited to be working with.

“I’ve met Shaun and he’s told me he likes the fact I can play prop and second-row, but prop is likely to be my main position and I’m more than happy with that.

“To be honest, I’ll be happy anywhere I play. Every rugby player wants to improve and if you look at Wigan, there aren’t many players who’ve gone there who haven’t got better.”

New Huddersfield Giants loan signing Jack Hughes
 

Wigan chief Wane has admitted he’s been trying to secure Patrick’s services for a considerable amount of time, with the high-profile suspension of Ben Flower – who has been banned for six months after punching Lance Hohaia during the Warriors’ Grand Final defeat last month – having redoubled his efforts to get his man.

 

“Larne Patrick is a player I have admired for a long time,” he said. “He has always challenged us when we’ve faced the Giants and I am looking forward to him making an impact in the cherry and white shirt.

“He is tough with a great work ethic, but he also has good footwork and speed and will add more experience to our front row next year.

“He is also my kind of person, a real good guy off the field, and will fit in really well with our group.”

Wigan have also revealed that in an ideal world they would have retained the services of Hughes, with the Warriors saying his desire to gain more gametime meeting with Huddersfield’s interest.

General manager Kris Radlinski explained: “Jack has found first-team opportunities limited recently with Liam Farrell, John Bateman and Joel Tomkins all cementing their position in the back row. As such he recently asked for more first-team rugby, at the same time as Huddersfield asked about his availability.

“We value Jack and feel he still has more to offer so would only consider the option of him leaving for a specified period in exchange for Larne, a player our coaching staff rate very highly.”