Possibly the worst kept secret in Rugby League was offically annouced last night at a busy press conference at the DW stadium as Wigan Warriors offically informed the world that England stand off George Williams will be leaving at the end of the season to join NRL side Canberra Raiders.
The speculation has been doing the roads of social media for a few months with Williams known to be keen on trying his luck in the NRL following the success of former Wigan team mates John Bateman and Ryan Sutton who both made the move to the Raiders last year with great success.
On signing a three year deal the 24 year old will also be joining up with fellow England Internationals Elliot Whitehead and Josh Hodgson who are also first team regulars in the Australian capital.
It is believed both clubs have agreed a similar deal to that involving John Bateman which will allow Wigan first refusal on the stand offs services should he decide to return to the super league.
The signing is another shot in the arm for the super league as the English contingent in the NRL continues to grow, with Canberra now holding five England internationals on their books, others who are currently plying their trade in the NRL include the burgess brothers Sam, Tom and George at South Sydney, former Leeds skipper Kallum Watkins who has only recently joined the Gold Coast Titans with immediate effect.
Also England’s winger Ryan Hall has recently started to make his presence felt at the Roosters after overcoming an ACL operation and finally there is James Graham and Gareth Widdop both on the books for St George Illawarra, although Widdop will be joining Warrington Wolves next season.
Along with the announcement of his departure the Wigan club also ended the speculation regarding centre Dan Sarginson who will also leave the club at the end of the year.
On a brighter note they did confirm the signiture of mush sought after half back Jackson Hastings from Salford Red Devils on a two year deal, while current coach Adrian Lam has also signed an one year extension to his current deal which means he will remain in charge for the 2020 season at least.