England stand-off George Williams will leave Wigan Warriors at the end of the season after agreeing a deal with NRL side Canberra Raiders. The 24-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Raiders that will come into effect ahead of the 2020 season, meaning he will remain with Wigan until the end of the current Super League campaign.
Williams will reunite with former Wigan team-mates John Bateman and Ryan Sutton under ex-Australia coach Ricky Stuart at the Canberra Stadium and Raiders chief executive Don Furner is hoping he will prove to be the latest success story to join the club from Super League.
“The club’s had success in recent times in recruiting proven performers from the Super League and we believe George will fit into our system like others have,” he said. Williams is a product of the Wigan academy and has made 172 Super League appearances for the club since making his debut in 2013, while he also played a key role in their Grand Final successes of 2016 and 2018.
The Warriors do have the first option to re-sign Williams should he return to Super League in the future, while they have already recruited his replacement, following confirmation Jackson Hastings will be joining the club from Salford Red Devils ahead of the 2020 season.