Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of winger Tom Davies from Wigan Warriors.
The 22-year-old winger, who has not played since sustaining a serious ankle injury in April, has signed a two-year-contract with the French side.
Davies told the club website: “I’m very excited about getting over to France and meeting up with all the boys, coaches and getting back into training. Catalans is a huge club with a massive future and they’re making history with everything they do and that’s something I’m honoured to be a part of.
“I know how much Steve (McNamara) and the squad want to win trophies and that’s what really drew me to the club knowing they had big ambitions. I’m looking forward to a big year in 2020 and helping the team in any way I can.”
Having progressed through the Wigan Youth Development System, Davies was named u19s Player of the Year in 2016 and made his Super League debut in 2017.
He made 24 appearances during his debut campaign, scoring 14 tries and was named joint Wigan Young Player of the Year.
He signed a five-year contract extension in 2018 and was named in the squad for the 2018 England Knights Tour of Papua New Guinea, playing in both games. He also scored a try in the 2018 Grand Final win against Warrington Wolves.
Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara added: “Tom is an outstanding addition to our squad. He is a young player who loves to carry the ball in yardage, has outstanding speed and power and knows his way to the try line.
“After meeting him and seeing his enthusiasm to join our team I had no hesitation in signing him. I feel we now have very healthy competition for places in our outside backs and we look forward to his immediate arrival at the club.”
Wigan’s Executive Director Kris Radlinski revealed that Davies approached the club about wanting regular first-team action before he picked up his injury.
He said: “Tom approached us before his injury last year and said that he feels as though he needs regular first-team rugby, and with us having other high quality wingers fighting for a spot each week, we were honest with him by saying that we couldn’t guarantee him that.
“We are spoilt in this position with have Joe Burgess, Liam Marshall and with Dom Manfredi ready to return next year, we felt that it was the right thing to do to let Tom leave.
“This was done all amicably and Tom leaves with our very best wishes and we have also told Tom that a return to the Club is not out of the question. We wish him well.”