Davies and Wi­gan go their sep­a­rate ways

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By TOM BRAMWELL @MENS­ports

WI­GAN have re­leased winger Tom Davies from his con­tract with the club, en­abling him to join Cata­lans Dragons on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old made eight ap­pear­ances for the War­riors in 2019, but suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing leg in­jury in the Good Fri­day derby de­feat against St He­lens.

“Tom ap­proached us be­fore his in­jury last year and said that he feels as though he needs reg­u­lar first team rugby,” said Wi­gan’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

Kris Radlin­ski. “With us hav­ing other high qual­ity wingers fight­ing for a spot each week, we were hon­est with him by say­ing that we couldn’t guar­an­tee him that.

“We are spoilt in this po­si­tion with hav­ing Joe Burgess, Liam Mar­shall and with Dom Man­fredi ready to re­turn next year, we felt that it was the right thing to do to let Tom leave.

“This was done all am­i­ca­bly and Tom leaves with our very best wishes and we have also told Tom that a re­turn to the club is not out of the ques­tion.”

Davies, who scored 30 tries in 62 ap­pear­ances in cherry and white, in­clud­ing in the 2018 Grand Fi­nal vic­tory over War­ring­ton, said: “Leav­ing my home­town club is a huge de­ci­sion and one that I’ve thought about at great length and de­tail but I feel at this stage of my ca­reer that I need reg­u­lar rugby.

“I’d like to thank Kris for his un­der­stand­ing and the club’s co­op­er­a­tion in re­leas­ing me from my con­tract to take up the op­por­tu­nity with Cata­lans as I look to make a fresh start af­ter my in­jury.

“I’ve been lucky to live the dream by play­ing in the cherry and white jersey, some­thing that will al­ways make me and my fam­ily im­mensely proud.”

While Davies has de­parted the DW Sta­dium, the War­riors have added to their squad for 2020 with the sign­ing of Lon­don Bron­cos’ academy for­ward Kai Pearce-Paul on a four-year deal.

“We have iden­ti­fied Kai as a player for the fu­ture and he’ll be join­ing a very com­pet­i­tive squad where he has sea­soned in­ter­na­tion­als in his po­si­tion to learn from,” said Radlin­ski.

The 18-year old stands at 6ft 5in and op­er­ates pre­dom­i­nantly in the sec­ond row.

“I can’t wait to get in­volved,” said Pearce-Paul. “It’ll be a tough chal­lenge, but an en­joy­able one and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the move. “

Mean­while, Swin­ton Li­ons have signed Mitch Cox on a one-year deal from Leigh Cen­tu­ri­ons.

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