Oliver Gildart signs new three-year Wigan Warriors contract
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 17/05/18 12:28pm
Oliver Gildart has signed a new and improved three-year contract with Wigan Warriors.
Gildart, 21, made his first-team debut in August 2015 and went on to play in the 2015 Grand Final in only his seventh game for the Wigan Warriors.
A year later he played and scored in the 2016 Grand Final win over Warrington.
Ahead of the 2017 season he was rewarded with a starting jersey and went on to have another strong year with the club, scoring 15 tries in 20 games and was named Super League Young Player of the Year.
He was recently selected in the England Knights Performance Squad and has played 14 games for Wigan this season scoring nine tries.
Gildart told Wigan Warriors' website: "Wigan is the club I've been at for a while now and I'm really happy to have signed at the club again for the next three years.
"I love playing with the team we have here and to have played in so many big games so early on in my career has been great.
"I think I've got lots of improvement left in me and want to play in more finals and win more silverware and winner's rings over the next few years."
Executive director Kris Radlinski says Gildart turned down other offers during the lengthy negotiations with the club.
He said: "This has been a very delicate negotiation as Oliver was not short of offers. If truth be known, it has probably taken a little more time that we would have anticipated but I am confident that this is the right decision for club and player.
"We have beaten off strong competition from a number of leading clubs in both the Super League and in the NRL to keep Oliver at Wigan and I'm thrilled that he has agreed this new contract.
"One of the best centres in the competition on his day, he is a credit to the Wigan Academy system and a fine example of both the player and man that we look to develop here. I can still remember the confident 14-year-old kid coming into the club. We all felt that he had an exciting future and we have been proved right. Oliver now needs to set his targets high and realise his potential. The international stage is where he should be showcasing his talent and that can't be too far away.
"I know how much this club means to him and we are delighted that we could come to this agreement. Oliver's best years are ahead of his and I look forward to seeing his career develop."