Malta international Jarrod Sammut has signed a two-year deal with Wigan Warriors after leaving the newly-promoted London Broncos ahead of 2019.
The 31-year-old completed the move and was announced on Saturday as the man Adrian Lam had brought into the club to add competition in the halves. The former Bradford star was a key player in the Broncos’ surprise promotion into Super League in 2018 and scored all of the team’s points in their 4-2 victory over Toronto Wolfpack in the Million Pound Game in October. Despite that promotion, Sammut admitted in the week that the need to leave the capital club came due to his need to be closer to his family. “I don’t think it was the right time to leave,” he told TotalRL during the week, adding that “I have some personal things going on in my life at the moment that has come up quite abruptly and in the end, I had to move back up north.”
For the latter part of the season, Sammut was commuting to London from Cleckheaton – where his family moved to be around their family – and, after deciding that, ultimately, that was too much to manage, he left the Broncos. He will now hope to line up against Danny Ward’s men in the cherry and white jersey and, following the announcement of his deal, the former Penrith player was keen to get stuck in at the DW Stadium. “It’s a massive opportunity for myself to play for one of the biggest clubs in Super League. I’m really excited,” he explained. “I hope I can bring a different style of rugby and attacking flair to the team, as I’ve been around the game for quite some time.”
Lam, who will lead Wigan for just one year in 2019 before Shaun Edwards takes control, outlined his hope that Sammut’s skills can offer something new to the club. “Jarrod is player who can produce a little bit of magic and keep defences guessing. He’s a livewire type of half-back, and he’ll add to our options in the halves,” the former Wigan player said.