Ryan Hampshire’s Future at Wigan Warriors: Stay Extension or Potential Move

Rugby League News: Hampshire Open to Wigan Stay, but Exploring Other Options

Ryan Hampshire has revealed he is open to the prospect of extending his stay at Wigan Warriors beyond this season, but hinted that he has other options on the table as well.

The versatile 29-year-old back featured in Wigan’s narrow 10-8 victory over Castleford Tigers last night, lining up alongside Harry Smith in the halves. Hampshire’s opportunity came as a result of Jai Field’s hamstring injury sustained during the Challenge Cup final victory over Warrington Wolves.

“It’s probably up to Wigan whether it’s worth having me around because I don’t play that much. If I get a run in the team now then let’s hope I can sell myself and get something sorted from that.”

With Field set for a spell on the sidelines, Hampshire could be given an extended run in the side. However, the player, who turns 30 in December, is uncertain about his long-term future at the club.

The utility back revealed that he has been in talks with Wigan and other clubs regarding a deal for the 2025 season, hinting at the possibility of a move away from the Warriors.

“There’s a bit of both – there have been talks, but nothing really signed, so we’ll see what happens. Over the last few seasons, I’ve only signed one-year deals so I never get to be secure.”

Hampshire rejoined Wigan at the start of last season on a one-year deal while recovering from a serious knee injury. Head coach Matt Peet handed him another 12-month contract, but he has struggled for game time with the likes of Jai Field, Bevan French, and Harry Smith established as the first-choice in his positions.

Despite the frustration, Hampshire was delighted to play a part in the win over Castleford, which he felt was a welcome antidote to his “embarrassing performance” against Warrington a fortnight ago.

As the 2025 season approaches, Hampshire is keen to secure some long-term security, stating:

“I’m getting a bit older now, so I’d like some security. It’s not really that interesting when you’re coming to the end and you’re not playing that much.”

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