Matty Russell swaps Wigan for NRL's Gold Coast Titans

Wigan Warriors full-back Matty Russell has signed a two-year contract with Australian NRL club Gold Coast Titans.

The 19-year-old made his Super League debut for Wigan at Widnes in March and also had a loan spell with Hull FC.

But his path to a regular first-team place at the DW Stadium appeared to be blocked by England star Sam Tomkins.

The England international was voted Super League's Man of Steel for 2012 by his fellow professionals at an awards ceremony in Manchester on Monday.

Meanwhile, Wigan have allowed centre Stefan Marsh, half-back Joe Mellor and winger Ryan King to leave the club.

Marsh and Mellor spent much of the 2012 season on loan at Widnes.