BEVAN French keeps his head while others lose their heads over where he will be next season – making him more dangerous.
Wigan’s Aussie ace has a big decision to make. Will he return home to the NRL where he feels he has unfinished business and has been linked with Newcastle Knights, or will he stay with the club that has grown him as a player and as a person?
Tonight could be his last appearance at home as he looks to help the Warriors reach the Grand Final over Leeds.
If the winger produces the goods – as he did 31 times in the Super League regular season – rest assured he won’t worry, while some might.
French said: “I seem to play better when I’m calm.
“I know it’s been a long process with all the contract negotiations, but I’m pretty relaxed about everything. I find that the more relaxed I am, the better I am.
“If it’s my last home game then hopefully it’ll be a good end to the year but I really don’t know if it’s that or not. I really don’t think about it.
“I’m saying I don’t want to let it go on for too long, but I’ve had pretty honest conversations with coach Matt Peet about it and told him, ‘I can’t really tell you when it’s going to be.’
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“I came here with an ambition to get back into the NRL, I feel like I still have work to do there and next year I’ll be 27 – that’s progress as a player.
“But it’s a lot to process, a big decision and so I’m not rushing it.”
French went through a lot in Wigan. After traveling there in mid-2019, they stayed with him while he stayed in Australia during his late mother’s final days.
That growth off the field, coupled with development on it, will accompany him wherever he is in 2023.
He added: “I definitely feel like a better player to have been here. I’ve been around for a few years now and definitely had the goal of improving.
“Wigan was the club where I was able to do that, having spoken to players who have been here in the past. I definitely as a player.
“Not only that, I’d like to think I have a bit of maturity outside of rugby league, that’s what they work on a lot at Wigan – you have to be a good person to be in that squad.
“That’s what I’ve been working on and I’m definitely going to take that with me no matter where I end up.”
The 26-year-old French is one of Wigan’s stunners after topping the try-scoring chart during the regular season – not bad for someone playing out of position.
He’s normally a full-back but Jai Field’s sensational season has pushed him to the sidelines – changing his mindset and making him even more tired as he’s constantly on the move.
But he’s not overly excited about his move, telling SunSport: “I’d say full-back is my preferred position, but when you’ve got someone like Jai killing it, you have to roll those things.
“Things seem to have turned out for the better.
“All I wanted to do was get back on the field – that was a goal for me, I didn’t care where – as long as it wasn’t in the forwards.
“I might have had more experience but Jai has played in that position all his life and the times he’s stood out has nothing to do with the position or role really.
“It’s because of his individual brilliance. I really can’t deserve much credit, as much as I’d like to!”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6234881/bevan-french-wigan-leeds-grand-final-old-trafford/ Bevan French won’t be upset about Wigan’s future with the Grand Final in sight