The dust had barely settled on the Warriors’ 36-14 triumph in Montpellier, a result which restores their three point advantage at the top of Super League, when Finch’s future was revealed.
He said: “The Wigan club has been fantastic to me and I felt that it was important to sort out my future now so that everyone knew the situation and so that the Club could start to make other plans. There are a number of options back home that I find attractive and my life after footy needs to be given consideration.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in England and to play for a Club like Wigan has been a dream. The fans have treated me so well and I will be eternally grateful to them for making me feel so welcome. I want to finish this season strongly as I am part of a special team and feel that we have every chance of winning more trophies.”
Head Coach Shaun Wane said: “It has been a pleasure to coach Brett this season and he has contributed greatly in making my first year as a Head Coach so enjoyable. I know his character and he will be trying his very best for Wigan until the last second of this season. Although I am sad that he has chosen to move on, I understand completely his reasons for doing so.”
With scrum half Thomas Leuluai already confirmed to be leaving at the end of 2012, Wigan now face the prospect of recruiting a brand new half-back pairing.