Following the capture of Australian forward Bryan Fletcher, Wigan today announced that they have signed West Tigers Winger Pat Richards for the 2006 and 2007seasons.
Speaking upon his return from Australia Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,
"Head Coach Ian Millward was keen to sign a big utility back who could cover many positions. Pat Richards is such a player who can cover full back, wing and centre."
"Pat also holds an EC passport and will therefore not affect our overseas quota position."
Head Coach Ian Millward said,
"Pat is the ideal player for the modern game. Being well over 6ft tall he fields high balls very well and has a very special and powerful kicking game. In keeping with the modern game he gives us cover for several positions. He also has an Irish background and he may bring a bit of the Irish luck with him."
Pat Richards said,
"I had three enquiries from leading Super League clubs but I feel sure that Wigan is the club for me.They are strenghthening well for next year and Ian Millward is a very successful coach. I am looking forward to joining the club."
Player Profile Pat Richards
DOB 27/2/82 Height 191 cm Weight 99kg
This season 11 appearances 6 tries 24pts Career Stats 59 appearances 26 tries 4 goals 112pts
Joined Wests from Parramatta where he played 2000-2003.