Wigan Warriors star’s move to the NRL confirmed

Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Kai Pearce-Paul will leave the club at the end of the 2023 season.

The 21-year-old will remain for his fourth campaign with Wigan in 2023 before taking up an opportunity in the NRL like Will Pryce with both joining the Newcastle Knights.

Since arriving at Wigan in 2020, Pearce-Paul has played 38 games for the first team, scoring four tries.

Executive Director, Kris Radlinski: “We are all disappointed to lose Kai.

“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.

“Kai is committed to Wigan for the 2023 season before leaving for Australia at the end of the year. He is an impressive young man who has been a pleasure to work with over the past few years.

“We expect a big year from Kai and then we will wish him well on his new adventure.”

It remains to be seen whether Pearce-Paul is the only Wigan star to head for the NRL with John Bateman routinely linked with a move to Wests Tigers.

We could yet see the two battle in the NRL.

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