Exclusive: Tom Davies reveals all about his Wigan Warriors exit

When Tom Davies joined the Catalans Dragons ahead of the 2020 Super League season, there were a few eyebrows raised.

Here was a winger who had suffered a horrific leg break whilst playing for hometown club Wigan Warriors in 2019, travelling hundreds of miles to a club where he wouldn’t play until the summer of 2020.

But, it was perhaps one of the most inspired signings in Super League in recent seasons as Davies knew he had to leave Wigan to realise his Super League dream, given the abundance of wingers at the Warriors with the likes of Liam Marshall, Joe Burgess and Dom Manfredi at that time.

“I got injured the year I left Wigan and it gave me to think where I was at that point in my career and what I wanted to achieve,” Davies told Serious About Rugby League.

“I didn’t think Wigan was the best place for me – I greatly appreciate everything they did for me as they gave me my debut so I had a good time at the club.

“With the amount of wingers they had though that made game time harder to come by and I wasn’t necessarily getting the best out of myself rugby wise.

“I needed to look somewhere else and play my best rugby.”

It was then that Davies was approached by Steve McNamara and the Catalans Dragons – and it was a move he couldn’t resist.

“I was speaking to some clubs and Steve was honest about how he wanted this team to play and what he was building in France.

“Out of everywhere, catalans was the best place for me to play my best rugby and it would suit my game the most.

“It all happened rather quickly.”

For the 23-year-old, he can’t actually believe how well the move has turned out.

“It’s gone better than I actually expected,” Davies admitted.

“When I first joined I had high goals which is why I left Wigan – it was my hometown club which was great but I wanted to get the most out of my career.

“Rugby is my dream and I want to make it – when I look at it now, it’s 10-12 years you might get out of your career so you’ve got to make the most of it.

“It’s shocked me how well it’s gone, I love where I am now, I get on well with all the lads and coaching staff.

“I’m so happy and that’s translated onto the pitch.

“I got selected for England and we won the League Leaders’ Shield so it’s been a whirlwind.”

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