Wigan forward Morgan Smithies described receiving the club’s iconic number 13 jersey as a dream come true, insisting he will give his all in 2023.
The 22-year-old will wear the 13 shirt for the Warriors next season, taking over from John Bateman, who has left the club to join NRL side Wests Tigers on a four-year deal.
Halifax-born Smithies came through Wigan’s academy and has already made 83 first team appearances.
Smithies tweeted: “Big thanks for all the messages I’ve received for getting the 13 shirt!
“Can’t put it into words how much it means to me and my family, as it’s been a goal of mine ever since signing at Wigan in the scholarship.
“I know what comes with the shirt with the legends who’ve been before me, and you’ll get nothing but effort, pride and passion from me. See you all in 2023.”
Wigan’s 2023 squad numbers: Morgan Smithies to wear 13
The club confirmed their 2023 squad numbers on Tuesday, December 27. Harry Smith takes the number seven shirt from Tommy Leuluai, who retired at the end of last season.
There are also two new changes in the centres with Toby King and Jake Wardle receiving shirt numbers three and four respectively. Iain Thornley has been given shirt number 21.
Jai Field takes the number one shirt for the first time, with Bevan French moved to number two following his new two-year deal.
Patrick Mago will wear shirt number 20 in 2023, with Ireland prop Liam Byrne handed the number 10.
Wigan’s 2023 squad numbers in full:
1. Jai Field
2. Bevan French
3. Toby King
4. Jake Wardle
5. Liam Marshall
6. Cade Cust
7. Harry Smith
8. Brad Singleton
9. Sam Powell
10. Liam Byrne
11. Willie Isa
12. Liam Farrell
13. Morgan Smithies
14. Mike Cooper
15. Kaide Ellis
16. Ethan Havard
17. Kai Pearce-Paul
18. Warriors fans
19. Joe Shorrocks
20. Patrick Mago
21. Iain Thornley
22. Brad O’Neill
23. Abbas Miski
24. Logan Astley
25. Alex Sutton
26. Harvie Hill
27. Junior Nsemba
28. Zach Eckersley
29. Tom Forber
30. Ramon Silva
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