Harrison Hansen quits Wigan for Salford

Coach Brian Noble & Harrison Hansen. Credit: Salford Red Devils

Wigan Warriors have confirmed the sale of second row forward Harrison Hansen to the Salford Red Devils for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old, who captained Samoa in this year's World Cup, has spent his entire career to date with Wigan, but was keen to join the club where his father Shane once played.

"Although we are sad to lose Harrison, we are also aware of his desire to join his hometown club," said Wigan head coach Shaun Wane.

"Wigan offered him a long term deal to stay but he feels the time is now right for him to move on and take this opportunity with Salford.

"He has worn the famous Wigan jersey with honour and distinction and we wish him well in this new chapter in his playing career."

Hansen thanked Wigan for allowing him to make the move.

"I've loved every minute playing for Wigan, it's been a huge part of my life since I was 15 years old," he said.

"To have been part of this special club for so long has been a real honour and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Wigan will always have a special place in my heart and I have so many fantastic memories.

"I would like to give a massive thanks to all the fans for their amazing support. I've met some great people and made some true friends. To all the players and coaching staff along the way, you have all contributed to the person and rugby player I am today, thank you."

Hansen, who was a member of Wigan's Challenge Cup final and Grand Final-winning teams in 2013, has signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils and becomes the 14th signing made by ambitious new owner Marwan Koukash.

The Salford-raised forward, who played for local amateur club Folly Lane ARLFC before being picked up by Wigan, was one of the first targets for Koukash and, after initially rejecting his advances, is excited by the prospects for the new-look club.

"Marwan has been awesome and is the reason I am here signing for Salford today," he said.

"I grew up and played for Folly and people always asked me if I would like to come back and play here.

"I always said it was something I wanted to do but the time had to be right and I feel now as though it is.

"I am really excited to be here right at the beginning of this special time for the Red Devils."