Date of birth
November 1, 1983
Place of birth
One of the most experienced players in Rugby League, Jon Wilkin joined the Wolfpack for the 2019 Season with over 400 professional games to his name. Now marching towards the imposing 500-game mark, Wilkin has taken the field on the international stage in addition to his vast experience at the Super League level.
Able to confuse opposition sides with his quick step, deft passing and supreme physicality, Wilkin was a critical cog in the Wolfpack’s successful 2019 Championship campaign. 2020 marks the Englishman’s return to the top division and will see him line-up against St Helens for the first time, the Club he played over 400 games for across 17 years.
Wilkin’s trophy cabinet already houses Super League, World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup titles alongside international triumphs, but all attention for him now turns to the Wolfpack’s 2020 mission of a strong showing in their maiden top division appearance.
Named among the best players of the 2019 Playoff Final, Wilkin was recruited to the Wolfpack to play a significant role in the Club’s promotion aspirations and he never let his new fans down. Supremely consistent throughout 2019, Wilkin marshalled the defence and released his teammates into space with remarkable reliability, always picking his moments perfectly.
The 36-year old shows no signs of slowing down, instead somehow finding a way to take his game to another level every year. Debuting in 2002 with Hull Kingston Rovers, it was with St Helens that Wilkin made his name. Playing a total of 404 games with the Saints, there is no other player with as much Super League experience as Wilkin.
Set to enter his second year with the Wolfpack, his roles as on-field mentor and tactician will help to guide the Club through the process of stepping into the top division. There is no substitute for experience and Jon Wilkin’s wealth of knowledge of UK Rugby League will be called upon countless times throughout 2020.