Morgan Escaré has said he would be keen to extend his stay with Wigan as the Super League champions look to maintain their unbeaten start to the new season. Wigan have won all four of their games in 2017 and can make that five on Sunday with a home victory against Huddersfield.
Discarded by Catalans at the end of 2016, Escaré has been a revelation since joining Wigan in the off-season and the 25-year-old has made the full-back role his own in the absence of the England international Sam Tomkins.
He initially signed only a one-year deal but says he is already keen on committing to the Warriors long term. “I’m really enjoying my rugby and it was tough last year not playing so much,” he says. “This year has started amazingly; winning the World Club Challenge and winning trophies is why I came to Wigan. I’ll leave it to my agent but, if you’re asking me if I’d stay, of course I would.”
Escaré is likely to be in direct competition for the full-back role with Tomkins when the 27-year-old returns from injury in the coming weeks but the Frenchman has revealed how his rival for a place has helped him adapt his game and settle into life in a different country.
“I know when he’s back I will have to fight for my place as he is a legend of Wigan,” Escaré says. “But Sam is someone who has helped me settle in very well here. I’ve started to learn English, which will hopefully make things easier, and, although my family enjoy it here, we miss our family back home in France but we love being in a great town like Wigan.
“Everyone’s been great. I get so many messages on social media and people are stopping me in the street. They’re such passionate supporters and they help me out so much.”
Escaré’s form is reminiscent of the level he produced in 2013, when he burst on to the scene with Catalans in his hometown of Perpignan and was immediately tipped as a star of the future. He found opportunities hard to come by during the end of his time with the Dragons, playing only nine times in 2016, but he believes he is now in the form of his career with Wigan.
“I think it is the best, yes,” he says. “The way Wigan play also helps me play well. I try to produce my best in every game and I hope the fans see that. Shaun Wane and his team have very high standards but they’ve helped me get better.”
Victory on Sunday would mean Wigan had matched their best start to a Super League season but Escaré is expecting a response from a Huddersfield side who were beaten 30-0 at Leigh last weekend. “Every game is tough in Super League,” he says. “As a team we need to work hard to keep our unbeaten run going. I just want to be playing and doing all I can to help Wigan win.”