The recent speculation that Wigan Warriors’ Ryan Sutton is set to depart the DW Stadium club at the end of the season has now been confirmed with his destination revealed.
Canberra Raiders – also believed to be interested in his Warriors team mate John Bateman – have swooped to sign the 22 year old forward and has signed a two year deal with the Raiders ahead of next season. Sutton’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season and he has made plain recently his wish to tests himself in the NRL.
Sutton joins the likes of Sam Tomkins and head coach Shaun Wane in departing the club at the end of the season with Catalans being the destination of the former while no next destination has been confirmed for Wane. Speaking of the young forward’s departure, executive director Kris Radlinski admitted that there wasn’t any scope for contract negotiations with the youngster. “Ryan made this decision a long time ago and has been transparent throughout this process. He made no secret of his desire to play in Australia. There were actually no negotiations, Ryan knew that he wanted NRL and stuck firm to that,” he revealed. “It is disappointing to lose a player who we have helped develop through our academy and someone who we believe can and will improve.”
Speaking of his upcoming move at the start of 2019, Sutton himself said “Being a young lad from Wigan it was a tough decision to make to leave my hometown club but I’ve always wanted to try my hand in the NRL and this was a great opportunity for me.”