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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Widdop's Dragons exit sealed with huge deal


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Gareth Widdop will leave the Dragons after this season to play in the Super League with English club Warrington, St George Illawarra confirmed on Wednesday.

Widdop has signed a three-year deal with the Wolves, Warrington confirmed in a statement.

“This is arguably the biggest signing in the club’s history and quite possibly in the history of Super League. Bringing in this world-class player is a major boost for the sport in this country," Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said.

The Dragons granted Widdop, 29, a release on compassionate grounds after it became clear that he wanted to play in the UK and be closer to his grandparents. His exit comes with the condition that if her returns to the NRL, it can only be with St George Illawarra.

Wide World of Sports' The Mole broke the news of Widdop's Warrington deal last month. He will be coached at the Wolves by former Dragons mentor Steve Price.

Widdop has played 115 games for the Dragons and is the current captain. He also won an NRL premiership with Melbourne in 2012.

"I've made a big decision in my career having decided to move back to England next year," Widdop said in a statement.

"It certainly hasn't been the easiest decision but sometimes in life we have aspirations and playing in the Super League has been one of mine for a while now.

"The Dragons have played a big part in my career. I've been here a long time now and to get to where we have with the roster we've got, to leave it all behind especially being the captain will be difficult.

"This situation has been handled in the most professional way possible. I worked really closely with the club who have been great. We worked towards getting the best outcome and I thank the Dragons for that.

"I still have the 2019 season to come. The reason we play this game is to win premierships. We have the squad to win it this year and I'll be doing everything possible to achieve that."

Gareth Widdop will leave the Dragons after this season to play in the Super League with English club Warrington, St George Illawarra confirmed on Wednesday.

Widdop has signed a three-year deal with the Wolves, Warrington confirmed in a statement.

“This is arguably the biggest signing in the club’s history and quite possibly in the history of Super League. Bringing in this world-class player is a major boost for the sport in this country," Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said.

The Dragons granted Widdop, 29, a release on compassionate grounds after it became clear that he wanted to play in the UK and be closer to his grandparents. His exit comes with the condition that if her returns to the NRL, it can only be with St George Illawarra.

Wide World of Sports' The Mole broke the news of Widdop's Warrington deal last month. He will be coached at the Wolves by former Dragons mentor Steve Price.

Widdop has played 115 games for the Dragons and is the current captain. He also won an NRL premiership with Melbourne in 2012.

"I've made a big decision in my career having decided to move back to England next year," Widdop said in a statement.

"It certainly hasn't been the easiest decision but sometimes in life we have aspirations and playing in the Super League has been one of mine for a while now.

"The Dragons have played a big part in my career. I've been here a long time now and to get to where we have with the roster we've got, to leave it all behind especially being the captain will be difficult.

"This situation has been handled in the most professional way possible. I worked really closely with the club who have been great. We worked towards getting the best outcome and I thank the Dragons for that.

"I still have the 2019 season to come. The reason we play this game is to win premierships. We have the squad to win it this year and I'll be doing everything possible to achieve that."

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