Wigan Warriors have confirmed George Williams will NOT return to the club after agreeing to join a rival Super League club.

Williams, a product of the Warriors Academy and a star for the club before his move to the NRL, is expected to join Warrington Wolves in the coming days.

In a statement posted on the club's official website, Williams thanked the club for not pursuing legal action given the club had first refusal on his signature should he return from the NRL.

Williams has now secured a release from Canberra but instead is set to link up with the Wire.

“Wigan acted professionally and honourably throughout and tried their very hardest to retain me such that finance was not an issue.

"I thank them for agreeing not to take legal action against me, even though their signed option allowed that course of action, in the spirit of allowing me to commence playing quickly again with a World Cup place for England in prospect.”

Chairman, Ian Lenagan, added: “Wigan had a signed agreement in place for George Williams to return to Wigan once his stint in the NRL had finished. During our discussions to bring him back following his decision to leave Canberra, George made it clear personally to me and to Kris Radlinski that he had had discussions with another club and, even though he appreciated what Wigan had done for him, he preferred a new challenge and hence did not want to return to Wigan.

“Wigan could have forced the issue legally but that’s not how we operate. If a player is emotionally absent, then there is no point in him being at Wigan.

“We wish George well in his career and also in life, as he embarks on life’s greatest journey as a father.”