Wigan Chasing Pongia's Signature

Former New Zealand Test prop Quentin Pongia could be set to move to an English Super League club - and Wigan are amongst the favourites to sign him.

The 33-year-old hard man has been playing for the Villeneuve Leopards in France this year.

But he returned down under in the last couple of weeks and played for St George Illawarra at reserve grade level at the weekend.

His representatives are keen to find him a new club, preferably in the Tetley's Super League.

It is understood that Pongia, whose previous clubs include Canberra, Auckland and the Sydney Roosters, has turned down a deal that would have taken him to Castleford.

That suggests that a deal with another club has already been agreed - and Wigan, who have had injury problems in the front row this year, are one of the few clubs with a gap in their overseas quota.

If he moved to the JJB Stadium, Pongia would renew his front row partnership with former Kiwi team-mate Craig Smith.