LONDON Bronco Tony Clubb has confirmed he is heading to Wigan for 2014.
The move for the 26-year-old second rower or centre was reported weeks ago – along with the swoop for his team-mate Dan Sarginson – though there has been no comment from either party.
Now, Clubb has told the Evening Post he has signed a deal and can’t wait to begin work at his new club.
“It must be three to four weeks ago – just after the regular season finished,” he said.
“Wigan sells itself doesn’t it so it’s a no-brainer. If Wigan want to sign you then you go.
“With the situation down in London it was the best thing for me to go.”
Clubb asked for a release on the remaining year of his Broncos contract in the summer, and branded the situation at the club as ‘pathetic’ in August owing to speculation the club is on the brink of collapse – a situation which still sees no confirmed resolution.
And with offers on the table, Clubb felt it was the right time to leave the capital.
“There were a few offers but Wigan had just won the Challenge Cup – they are a great team, a winning team and it is going to be good moving up to Wigan,” he said.
He is also looking forward to a change in culture from being at a club which fails to draw huge interest in its local area,
“I can’t wait to play in the big games,” Clubb said.
“The derby games – we don’t get that here in London so and I’m looking forward to the atmosphere at Wigan.”
Clubb became the 10th player to score four tries in a match for England in the 36-10 Four Nations win against Papua New Guinea in 2010.
Meeting new colleagues is also something Clubb said he was looking forward to, and earmarked playing for Shaun Wane as something he is relishing, despite the coach’s tough reputation.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting with Shaun Wane, (His style is) not new to me, I had similar under Brian McDermott and I played for England so I’m hoping Shaun Wane can do that for me again at Wigan.”
Utility back Sarginson,20, is expected to be unveiled in the next few days, but was unavailable for comment.
With Wane telling the Wigan Observer this week he is not looking for a direct replacement for Pat Richards, heading back to Wests Tigers after an eight-year stay in Wigan, Sarginson could be on his way to the champions as a development prospect.
North Queensland Cowboys legend Matty Bowen will plug the gap left by Sam Tomkins for 12 months, giving young fullbacks Ryan
Hampshire and Lewis Tierney the opportunity to learn their trade from one of the great NRL No.1s before being expected to face Super League action on a regular basis.
Sarginson’s place in this year’s England Knights squad illustrates the Hemel-raised, Australian-born player’s potential.
The pair will become the fourth and fifth additions to Wigan’s 2014 Super League squad, offsetting the numerical loss of Richards, Tomkins, Chris Tuson and Lee Mossop.
The pack will be bolstered by the addition of Leigh’s Sam Hopkins and South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Ed Pettybourne, who English fans will catch a glimpse of in the upcoming World Cup thanks to the Kiwi’s addition to the USA squad.