Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Kai Pearce-Paul will be leaving the club at the end of the upcoming 2023 Super League season.
The backrow / centre is headed to the NRL to join the Newcastle Knights alongside Huddersfield Giants star Will Pryce.
They have both signed two year deals with the NRL but both could have stayed with their current clubs.
Huddersfield confirmed last night that they had made an offer to Pryce and today, Executive Director at Wigan Warriors Kris Radlinski confirmed that the Warriors made a “very attractive” offer to Pearce-Paul in what was a long term deal.
Pearce-Paul in the end was too tempted by the move to the NRL which has left the Warriors “disappointed” but understanding.
“We are all disappointed to lose Kai,” Radlinski said.
“Having paid a transfer fee to London Broncos three years ago, our coaches have developed a very raw talent into an international rugby league player.
“We presented Kai with a very attractive and long-term contract. Ultimately, Kai’s desire to go to the NRL was the determining factor.”
Wigan’s prime aim now may be to focus on finding a backrow to replace Pearce-Paul. They have lost James McDonnell to Leeds Rhinos and could be set to lose John Bateman to the Wests Tigers according to reports.