Dan Sarginson will join NRL side Gold Coast Titans after his Wigan Warriors contract expires at the end of the season.
The 22 year-old has been an ever-present for the Warriors so far this season and has made 57 appearances for the Cherry and Whites since joining them from London Broncos for the start of the 2014 season.
During that time, the Australian-born centre made his international debut for England, featuring twice in the 2014 Four Nations tournament.
“Having brought Dan Sarginson from London Broncos to Wigan and helped him improve as a player to the point where he played for the England national side, we are… disappointed that he has decided his future lies in Australia but understand the player’s view,” Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan told the club’s website.
“We have tried on several occasions over the last two years to negotiate a new and improved contract with Dan and his Agent but Dan has been open and clear throughout the process that he wanted to see out his contract at Wigan before then taking on another challenge in the NRL or in Rugby Union. Money has not at any stage been a sticking point and whilst we would prefer Dan to have stayed at Wigan, we understand the opportunities in Australia can have attraction to a young player, particularly having reached international standard whilst at Wigan.”
Sarginson added: “My time at Wigan has been amazing from playing in two World Club Series matches, a Grand Final and hopefully many more big games this year before hopefully going out on a winning note. I put my international debut heavily down to the coaching and superb service I have received while at the club. The Wigan fans have been brilliant all year round and I couldn’t have asked for more from the club.”