Kai Pearce-Paul says he will be forever grateful to Wigan for what they have done for him after it was confirmed that he will move to the NRL in 2024.
The England international will leave Wigan at the end of the 2023 season to take up a two-year contract with Newcastle Knights.
Pearce-Paul, who came through the ranks at London Broncos, has made 38 appearances for Wigan since making his first team debut in 2020.
The 6ft 5in back-rower says he will always be thankful for the way Wigan made him feel welcome.
Pearce-Paul tweeted: “Now that the club has made the news public regarding my future after this coming season, I wanted to take the opportunity to let everyone know how proud I am that I play for Wigan.
“Even though I am from London, Wigan has become my home for the last three years.
“I love the club, the players, the staff and most of all, the fans”
“I had a choice three years ago – to go to the NRL, to stay at London or to move to Wigan; and I know I made the right choice by coming to Wigan. I’ve learned so much from everyone here and have felt privileged to wear the badge.
“I am very grateful to Matty (Peet), Kris (Radlinski) and Ian (Lenagan) for their belief in me since arriving here and helping me settle into a completely new environment.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity which the Knights have given me; and I am excited for the next part of my journey. I will always continue to give 100% for Wigan for the duration of my time here. There is a big season ahead and my focus will be here until it is time to move on.
“Thank you for all of your support and for making me feel so welcome at this amazing club.”
— Kai (@KaipearcePaul) December 5, 2022
Wigan “disappointed” to lose Kai Pearce-Paul
Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski says the club are disappointed to lose Pearce-Paul, but he leaves the club with their best wishes.
Radlinski said: “We are all disappointed to lose Kai.
“Having paid a transfer fee to London Broncos three years ago, our coaches have developed a very raw talent into an international rugby league player.
“We presented Kai with a very attractive and long-term contract. Ultimately, Kai’s desire to go to the NRL was the determining factor.
“Kai is committed to Wigan for the 2023 season before leaving for Australia at the end of the year. He is an impressive young man who has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years.
“We expect a big year from Kai and then we will wish him well on his new adventure.”