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Wigan’s Gildart will join Wests Tigers

Wigan centre Oliver Gildart is to join Wests Tigers at the end of the 2021 season, the Super League club has announced.

The 24-year-old England and Great Britain international, a product of the Wigan Academy, has agreed a two-year deal with the side who are coached by former Warriors’ boss Michael Maguire.

Gildart, who has scored 61 tries in 129 appearances for the Warriors, will hope to sign off at the DW Stadium by winning his third Super League title this season.

“I’ve been living my childhood dream playing for my hometown club since the age of 11,” said Gildart, who has been a first-team regular since 2016 and also won a World Club Challenge.

“I’ll never forget my debut try against Warrington and, of course, it doesn’t get much better than playing in front of a packed Old Trafford and scoring a try in a Grand Final win.

“I’ve had the privilege of being surrounded by legends year-in, year-out at this club. However, it’s been no secret that I’ve wanted to challenge myself over in Australia.”

Maguire said: “Oliver is coming from a very strong and successful club in Wigan and has already played in a number of big matches throughout his career.

“We’re looking forward to him bringing his experience and talents to our squad in 2022.”

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