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Wests Tigers secure Oliver Gildart

Wests Tigers are pleased to confirm the signing of England and Great Britain international Oliver Gildart for the start of the 2022 NRL season.

The two-year deal will see Gildart join Wests Tigers at the end of the 2021 campaign and remain with the club until at least the end of the 2023 NRL season.

A product of Wigan’s youth system, Gildart made his Super League debut while on loan for Salford in 2015 before returning to the Warriors later that year. The talented outside back featured in consecutive Grand Finals in the ensuing two seasons — clinching the 2016 title as well as the 2017 World Cup Challenge — before producing a stellar individual campaign that saw him named as the Super League Young Player of the Year in 2017.

Selected to make his international debut for England in 2018, the 24-year-old Gildart joins Wests Tigers with three Tests caps to his name and an impressive try-scoring record, having crossed for 61 tries in his 129 career games for the Wigan Warriors.

Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire said he was looking forward to working with Gildart.

“Oliver is coming from a very strong and successful club in Wigan and has already played in a number of big matches throughout his career,” Maguire said.

“We’re looking forward to him bringing his experience and talents to our squad in 2022 and watching him take the next step forward in his rugby league career in a Wests Tigers jersey.”

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe welcomed Gildart’s arrival to the club.

“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to say how pleased we are to welcome Oliver to our squad,” Pascoe said.

“Oliver is clearly a talented footballer who has played at an international and representative level already in his career, and we are looking forward to watching him improve further in the NRL at Wests Tigers.”