Wigan Warriors have confirmed that Brett Finch will leave the club to return to the NRL at the end of the season after completing his two year contract.
The 30 year old half back, who has made 47 appearances for the club since joining the Warriors from Melbourne back in 2011, was keen to end his career in the southern hemesphire despite enjoing his spell at the club.
He said: “The Wigan club has been fantastic to me and I felt that it was important to sort out my future now so that everyone knew the situation and so that the club could start to make other plans.
"There are a number of options back home that I find attractive and my life after footy needs to be given consideration. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in England and to play for a club like Wigan has been a dream.
The fans have treated me so well and I will be eternally grateful to them for making me feel so welcome. I want to finish this season strongly as I am part of a special team and feel that we have every chance of winning more trophies.”
Finch has been in fantastic form so far this season and is considered by many as a leading contender for the Man of Steel award.
Warriors Head coach Shaun Wane added: "It has been a pleasure to coach Brett this season and he has contributed greatly in making my first year as a head coach so enjoyable.
I know his character and he will be trying his very best for Wigan until the last second of this season. Although I am sad that he has chosen to move on, I understand completely his reasons for doing so.”