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Wigan Winger Brett Dallas has pledged his loyalty to the club by turning down a lucrative contract with Australian club Cronulla Sharks.
"Chris Anderson phoned me and offered me a contract for next year on the understanding that I joined them immediately. Chris is a good friend and the offer was very tempting ,but I am determined to get back into the Wigan side and above all I want a Super League ring."
"I am out of contract at the end of the season but I am prepared to take my chances, above all I want to put my injuries behind me and get back into a very good Wigan side."
Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,
"This just shows what great character Brett Dallas has got, he could have had a guarantee by going back to Australia and we would have not stood in his way if he had wanted to go. We are delighted that he is sticking with us and more than anybody he deserves better luck as he has had a terrible time with injuries. I am sure it won't be long before he is running in tries for us."
Speaking about the decision Coach Stuart Raper commented,
"I am delighted Brett has decided to stay with us, he realises it is exciting times and he wants to be part of what we are doing here. The main thing now is getting his hamstring right so he can get back into the squad."
Graham Emmerson - Wigan Warriors Press Officer.