Wigan end interest in Gasnier

Wigan Rugby League club today formally terminated their interest in Australian Centre Mark Gasnier.

Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,

"There have been so many wildy exaggerated reports connecting us with Mark Gasnier that we felt it necessary to publicly announce that as much as we admire Mark we will not be pursuing our interest."

Lindsay continued,

"There have been reports both in this country and Australia suggesting that we were about to pay a kings ransom when in reality any interest we have shown has been within salary cap restrictions and considerably less than the outrageous sums stated by certain people. Perhaps suggesting that Wigan were prepared to pay a high sum helped to improve negotiations in Australia. We will not be part of that game. It is not the first time that we have been mentioned in this way by a particular agent in Australia."

Lindsay concluded, "For the sake of our own credibility and that of the British game we felt it important that we put the record straight and we have therefore advised Australia that we will not be pursuing an interest in Mark Gasnier."