Wigan prop, Ryan Sutton, is to leave the Club when his contract expires at the end of the 2018 season.
Sutton, 22, has played 107 games for Wigan since making his debut in 2014.
A Grand Final winner with the Club in 2016, he also played in the 2017 World Club Challenge and Challenge Cup Final.
Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, said:
“It is disappointing to lose a player who we have helped develop through our academy and someone who we believe can and will improve in the future. That said, a Rugby League player only has a short career and Ryan has given five seasons of great service to Wigan.
“Ryan made this decision a long time ago and has been transparent throughout this process. He made no secret of his desire to play in Australia. There were actually no negotiations, Ryan knew that he wanted NRL and stuck firm to that.
“With Ben Flower, Tony Clubb and Taulima Tautai all under contract, the positive form of Romain Navarette and Gabe Hamlin, versatility of Joel Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin and youngsters such as Callum Field and Samy Kibula waiting for their chance we feel we are well placed to cope with this loss. It also gives us the opportunity to look at the market to see who is available for 2019.
“We wish him every success for the future as he looks to fulfil his dreams overseas.”
Ryan Sutton said:
“Being a young lad from Wigan it was a tough decision to make to leave my hometown club but I’ve always wanted to try my hand in the NRL and this was a great opportunity for me. I’m grateful to all of the coaching staff and players that have helped me develop not just as a player but as a person too.
“I am still a Wigan player this year and I am hungry to leave with more silverware and will give 100% in everything I do until my departure.”