England half-back George Williams is ready to test himself in the NRL, after Wigan confirmed he would leave them at the end of the season.
Williams, 24, has won two Super League titles for his hometown club, playing more than 170 games, and is set to join former team-mates John Bateman and Ryan Sutton at Canberra next year.
He 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.
“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 Final’s 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 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.”
As part of the release agreement, Wigan have first refusal on Williams’ services should he return to Super League once his time in the NRL comes to an end.