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Jarrod Sammut is determined not to let Wigan down as he gears up for his first start for three months in tomorrow’s home Super League clash with Wakefield.
The 32-year-old Australian was preparing to take a job outside rugby and play part-time for a Championship club after rejecting the offer of a fresh contract with newly promoted London Broncos on the eve of the season.
Sammut had played a key role for the Broncos in 2018 and kicked their points in a 4-2 win over Toronto Wolfpack in the Million Pound Game that earned them a place back in Super League.
But the former Crusaders, Bradford and Wakefield half-back decided it was unfair on his young family to spend another season in the capital and was ready to turn his back on full-time rugby until Wigan stepped in to offer him a two-year deal.
“I was already speaking to a few Championship clubs and, if Wigan hadn’t come in for me, I would probably have signed with one of them,” Sammut said.
“It probably wasn’t the end of the world but I would have had to go get myself a job because the rugby would have been part-time.
“That’s something I’m going to get used to eventually but I am quite thankful and very blessed to still be playing Super League and in a full-time environment.
“I love pushing myself and seeing how far I can go with my boundaries and Wigan’s a club where boundaries are only set by your mindset.
“It probably took a bit longer than I would have liked to get settled in. I had a severe injury which kept me out for 10 weeks so that hampered me.
“But I’m back into it now and when I’m on the field I don’t want to let them down.”
Sammut is set to take over at scrum-half from the injured Thomas Leuluai while coach Adrian Lam is contemplating giving a debut to 18-year-old Bulgaria-born Ethan Havard in the absence of prop Joe Bullock.
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