Davies and Wigan go their separate ways
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.