Wigan Warriors: Matty Peet reacts to Matty Nicholson's move to Warrington Wolves
Matty Peet says it is disappointing to see Matty Nicholson leave Wigan Warriors.
The young forward has joined Warrington Wolves on a three-year deal with immediate effect.
Peet believes Nicholson’s departure highlights Wigan’s strong track record of developing young players.
He said: “I’m really disappointed, he’s a good player with massive potential. He’s a good lad and a good person.
"I’m left scratching my head somewhat at his decision. If there is anything I think we can do here, and we’ve proven we do, is giving young players a chance and developing their talent.
"He didn’t see it playing out that way and thinks it’s a simpler path playing there at Warrington.
"When it came to talking about his contract, he did mention it. I reminded him that he is 18 and his goal at the start of pre-season was to make his debut, which he has done.
“There is a pathway here for him to play many more games going forward for this club over the next few years. Us, St Helens and Leeds stand alone in giving players a chance, and that was always the intention.
"It’s his decision so I don’t want to say too much, but we have done a hell of a lot to convince him stay. I would’ve liked to see him stick with us for a few more years yet.
"It’s another tick for our academy for producing players, but on the flip side it would be demoralising to work in Warrington’s academy. I read about the strength of it but then they continually pay for our players.
"Matty would’ve developed into a first team player here, and should at Warrington, but I think it proves our academy is superior to theirs.
"We will now give the opportunity to someone else if it should arise. He’s been developed to a certain level that Warrington are willing to pay for him and ultimately we would rather invest our time in players who want to be here.”