Salford City Reds’ star scrumhalf Matty Smith is on his way to Wigan Warriors at the end of the season, says his coach Phil Veivers.
Smith has been a standout performer for the Reds this season but his contract expires at the end of the campaign and the 24-year-old was expected to move on.
And Veivers has now confirmed that the ex-St Helens number seven will be wearing Cherry and White next year.
“I'm pretty sure it's a done deal. Well, I'm not pretty sure, I'm dead certain that's going to happen,” he said.
“My job is to find a replacement or to develop someone to replace Matty.”
His future has been up for debate for some time with former club Saints and big-spending Widnes Vikings linked with a move.
But it seems now that Warriors coach Shaun Wane has won the race for his signature.
“He's already been at St Helens, and Widnes would have been a viable option because he wanted to be part of the rebuilding there,” said Veivers. “We're in a rebuilding stage here and I was hoping he was going to be the man that I could build the team around.
“The way Wigan are playing, they're on top of the table and in the frame for every honour this year and you'd think they'd be there next year so you can understand why Matty would make that decision. He probably wants silverware”
Wane will lose both of his starting halves with both Brett Finch and Thomas Leuluai returning down under at the end of the 2012 campaign.