Williams to leave Wigan for NRL

Following their announcement of the capture of Jackson Hastings from next season, Wigan have confirmed that George Williams will leave the club to accept a deal with an unnamed NRL club at the end of the year.

Hastings links up with the Warriors from 2020 on a three-year deal and will be a direct replacement for Williams, whose exit from the club had been speculated for some time.

The half-back’s destination has not been officially confirmed, though he is widely expected to join Canberra Raiders.

Williams said: “Firstly, I want to say a massive thanks to everyone at Wigan Warriors for everything they have done for me. Those people who have supported me, coached me and played with me – I really appreciated your support.

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“I’ve been at Wigan since I was 12-years-old and I have managed to live my dream playing 170+ games and winning two Grand Finals for my hometown Club, along the way making some incredible memories and friends for life.

“Another dream of mine was always to play and to test myself in the NRL so I want to thank Ian Lenagan and Kris Radlinski for their understanding in allowing me to do this.

“It is something I have always wanted to pursue and playing in the NRL is a big goal of mine, so I’m excited and very much looking forward to the massive challenge ahead.

“Most importantly, although I will leave at the end of the season it doesn’t change my attitude for the remaining games of this year. I will give everything I’ve got to go out on the highest and best way possible with my best mates.”