Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley will join rugby union side Sale Sharks when his contract at the DW Stadium expires at the end of the season.
Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan confirmed that Charnley was offered a long-term deal to stay at the Warriors, however the 24 year-old has turned it down in favour of a move to the XV-man code.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Lenagan said:
“Kris Radlinski and I have been in negotiations with Josh Charnley and his representatives for more than a year and have done everything possible to allow Josh to stay at Wigan and rekindle his partnership with Sam Tomkins.
“We offered Josh a new long-term contract that would put him up there with the biggest earners at the Club but having won so much at Wigan, he feels that the time is right to take on a new challenge. After seeing Josh return to form this year after an indifferent 2015 season, we are naturally disappointed with his decision but would like to thank him for everything that he has done for the Wigan Club. His try-scoring record is impeccable and we hope that he can leave Wigan on a high at the end of the season.
Charnley made his Warriors debut in 2010 and has scored 146 tries in 148 appearances for the club and the former Chorley Panthers amateur also made his England debut in 2012.
“Since joining the club 7 years ago, the team and the fans have been like a second family to me. Shaun Wane has been an amazing Coach, mentor and friend and I thank him and all the players for the past 7 years.
“I’ve had the most amazing times at the club, the 2013 Double will live long in the memory when I look back on my career. I will forever be supporting Wigan Warriors, and stay involved in the local community as I have so many good memories, friends and family here.”