Tuson to join Wakefield
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have announced the capture of Wigan Warriors forward Chris Tuson for next season.
The 23-year-old back rower, who was in the Warriors side that beat the Wildcats 36-23 on Sunday, will join them on a two-year deal from November.
"I'm delighted we've been able to sign Chris," said Wildcats coach Richard Agar.
"He's quite an experienced player now and he's been a regular in a very strong side and arguably the best side in the competition over recent seasons.
"I think Chris will help us create a very hard edge while being ruthless because he's a very aggressive and competitive player."
Tuson, who is out of contract at Wigan this year, is Wakefield's first signing for 2014.
A product of the Wigan academy system, he has made over 70 appearances for the club including the 2011 World Club Challenge and had a brief loan spell at Castleford Tigers in 2010.
"It's been a bit of a strange one because I've been at Wigan all my life so I've never signed for another team and that's obviously new to me," Tuson said.
"I met Richard and I came over here to have a look around and he said nothing but good things.
"I spoke to (Wakefield full-back) Richard Mathers because I know him from when he used to play at Wigan and he said good things and they are a really good team as they proved on Sunday; it was a really tough game.
"I'm really excited and looking forward to coming here and showing Wakefield and the fans what I can do as well as bringing as my experience from playing in the Wigan team.
"I am a Wigan player and I want to see this season out with Wigan. I've come through this system with quite a few of the boys and I want to finish well, win some trophies and have a real strong end to 2013 then I can start thinking about Wakey."
Wigan have reacted with disappointment at the decision of home-grown Tuson to quit the club, revealing he rejected their offer of a new three-year contract.
The Warriors are also losing England forward Lee Mossop at the end of the year and rugby manager Kris Radlinski insisted they wanted to retain the services of Tuson.
"Although we offered Chris a three-year contract with a very competitive salary, he has accepted what he sees as a better two-year deal elsewhere and are disappointed he has come to that decision," Radlinski said.
"We would like to thank Chris for his excellent service to Wigan and we know he will be looking to end his time with us on a high with success in both the Tetley's Challenge Cup and Super League."