Toby King’s future beyond this season looks increasingly likely to have been resolved. The centre is currently on loan at Wigan Warriors, the second successive campaign he has signed a loan deal away from parent club Warrington Wolves, having been loaned out to Huddersfield in 2022.

But King is set to return to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2024 after Warrington informed Wigan they would be keen to have him as part of their squad moving forwards. With homegrown marquee players accounting for just £50,000 on the salary cap next year, King could return to Warrington and take up only a fraction of space on their cap.

That means Wigan are on the hunt for a new centre for 2024 to replace King, with a stay at the DW Stadium beyond this season now unlikely to happen.

King has impressed during his time at the Warriors, becoming a regular in the side under Matty Peet. He has also expressed his happiness at how his loan spell has gone but with the Ireland international under contract at Warrington until 2025, the Wolves are keen to bring him back into the fold next season.

They have used the likes of long-serving utility Stefan Ratchford and Peter Mata’utia in the centres this year. But Mata’utia has also featured at loose forward, and King is expected to return and provide immediate competition for a place in the three-quarters.

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