Pat Richards signs new two-year Wigan Warriors contract

Pat Richards

Richards swept the board at Wigan's player of the year awards last season

Reigning Man of Steel Pat Richards has signed a new two-year contract with Super League champions Wigan.

The 29-year-old Australian, who joined Wigan from Wests Tigers in 2006, had been linked with a move to rugby union side Sale or a return to the NRL.

Instead, the goal-kicking winger will stay at the DW Stadium for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

"I am pleased that my immediate future has now been sorted and I am thrilled to be staying with Wigan," he said.

"My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in the UK, which we now call home, and with the Wigan club.

"2010 was a magnificent year for me, both individually and for the club, and I am hoping to play a major part in bringing more success to our magnificent fans over the next couple of years."

Richards was a key figure in Wigan's success last season, scoring 32 tries and kicking 167 goals as they won both the League Leaders' Shield for topping Super League and the Grand Final.

He missed the start of this season after tearing his Achilles tendon in the 22-10 Grand Final victory over St Helens at Old Trafford in October.