Wigan Warriors announce that Scrum-half, Matty Smith, will leave the Club and join St Helens ahead of the 2017 season.
The 29-year-old England international leaves Wigan after a successful four-and-a-half year period during which he helped the team be crowned Super League champions twice as well as winning the Challenge Cup and League Leader’s Shield, once. His finest moment in a Wigan shirt came in 2013 when he was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man of the match performance in the Challenge Cup Final win over Hull.
In total, Matty Smith played 139 games for Wigan scoring 22 tries, kicking 304 goals and a Club record 25 drop-goals.
Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan, commented:
“This was a particularly difficult decision for everyone involved and one that was made after much thought and consideration.
“St Helens approached Wigan earlier this year to discuss Matty’s future and made it clear that they would be willing to offer him a long-term contract; an additional two years beyond that which Matty had remaining on his contract at Wigan. With George Williams firmly established as an important First Team player and Thomas Leuluai re-joining the Club shortly in great form together with the emergence of Jake Shorrocks and the cover that Sam Powell brings, we felt that the time was right in view of his tremendous service to Wigan for Matty to take up this new opportunity and secure his long-term future.
“Matty is a fine professional and a fantastic person who will remain friends with everyone at the Wigan Club. We wish him well with his new team, just not on Good Friday!”
Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Shaun Wane, said:
“With long-term injuries to many key players this year Matty played in all but one game and led the team exceptionally well throughout the season. He has become a real leader of the team over the last four and a half years and he will always have my upmost respect.
“We’re saddened to be losing a fantastic player and person but delighted that Matty was able to leave the Club as a Super League Champion. It is fitting of his efforts whilst wearing the Cherry and White of Wigan.”