Wigan have confirmed the signing of Salford half-back Jackson Hastings from next year, while George Williams will leave the club.
Hastings, 23, has spent the past year with the Red Devils and there had been much speculation about his future, but he has penned a two-year deal to join the Warriors.
He will replace Williams, who is set to move Down Under to join Canberra for an undisclosed fee, as one of Wigan’s marquee players.
Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski said: “This a hugely significant signing for Wigan Warriors. In Jackson Hastings, we have secured the services of one of the most sought-after talents in the game, having fought off interest from around Super League and in the NRL. Jackson has a burning desire to win things in England and that ultimately lead to him joining us and turning down bigger money elsewhere.
“His attacking nous with ball-in-hand and his running game have lit up the Betfred Super League since he’s arrival in the UK in 2018. Furthermore, I believe his leadership and influence will play a big role for us in 2020 and beyond.
“Not only are we excited to see what he can bring to us on the pitch and on the training paddock, we are looking forward to seeing how Jackson immerses himself with the Wigan Warriors community and how he engages with our loyal fan-base as one of the league’s most recognisable and popular personalities.”
Hastings came through the ranks at Sydney Roosters before a spell at Manly. He is currently second in the Super League Man of Steel race.
He said: “Although I am looking forward to an exciting new chapter in my move to Wigan in 2020, I intend to finish my term on a good note with the Salford Red Devils, including all Members & Fans – many of whom have become friends of mine who I appreciate greatly.”
Hastings’ deal includes an NRL get-out clause in the second year of his contract.