Wigan confirm George Williams will not be returning to DW Stadium

Wigan have confirmed that half-back George Williams will not be returning to join them after agreeing to join another Super League club. 

Williams, 26, was officially released by NRL side Canberra Raiders earlier this month, and Warrington look likely to be the next destination for the England international.

Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan, commented: “Wigan had a signed agreement in place for George Williams to return to Wigan once his stint in the NRL had finished. During our discussions to bring him back following his decision to leave Canberra, George made it clear personally to me and to Kris Radlinski that he had had discussions with another club and, even though he appreciated what Wigan had done for him, he preferred a new challenge and hence did not want to return to Wigan.

“Wigan could have forced the issue legally but that’s not how we operate. If a player is emotionally absent, then there is no point in him being at Wigan.

“We wish George well in his career and also in life, as he embarks on life’s greatest journey as a father.”

Williams was recently included in Shaun Wane’s England squad to take on the Combined Nations All Stars at Warrington next Friday, and is currently travelling back to the UK from Australia.

Williams said: “Wigan acted professionally and honourably throughout and tried their very hardest to retain me such that finance was not an issue. I thank them for agreeing not to take legal action against me, even though their signed option allowed that course of action, in the spirit of allowing me to commence playing quickly again with a World Cup place for England in prospect.”

4 Comments

  1. I hope that George as made the right decision as he will never play for Wigan again.
    Wigan must go out there in the market for two very good props as we are to small in the forwards Wigan have never been the biggest pack but we was coached right by s/W he needs to come back soon as Wigan are definitely struggling with the young talent that’s coming though we are coached very poor something needs to be done quickly

  2. Once again lenaghan let’s the warriors fans down if we had first option on Williams then at least ask for a transfer fee another let down from lenaghan just the latest in a string of bad management decisions

  3. Once again lenaghan let’s down the warriors fans if Williams has a signed agreement with us to return them at least demand a transfer fee from wire just another let down from a chairman with a string of poor decisions

  4. Just shows such return clauses aren’t worth the paper they are written on. If Wigan aren’t prepared to enforce the clause why bother with it in the first place if all a player has to do is say they’d rather not return.

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