Gleeson exit confirmed

MARTIN Gleeson’s exit from Wigan was confirmed last night.

The Evening Post exclusively revealed yesterday that the two parties finally reached a settlement over the weekend after a month-long stand-off.

Warriors wanted to ditch the player after a second disciplinary offence, but the 30-year-old dug in his heels as he had two-years left on his deal.

Wigan have refused to even comment on Gleeson’s drama until last night.

Gleeson – a £100,000 signing from Warrington less than two years ago – has not played since the World Club Challenge at the end of February.

A carefully-worded statement by the Warriors said:

“Following a difficult recent period including injuries, a minor disciplinary offence and a serious distraction in his personal life in which he was the victim - all of which have made it impossible for him to focus properly on his career to the extent required by both club and player - Martin Gleeson has left Wigan with immediate effect.

“He will take a break to refocus before deciding on his future career direction.”

It went on to quote Gleeson as saying: “I am very proud to have represented my hometown club and am most grateful to the club management and, in particular, Ian Lenagan (chairman) for the support given to me over this difficult period.”

Gleeson has already attracted interest from Hull FC, Salford, two NRL clubs and an Irish rugby union side.