Saracens have released Joel Tomkins from his contract, so he may return to rugby league.
The highly regarded England centre has agreed terms with Wigan Warriors, the club he left two years ago to join Saracens.
Mark McCall, Director of Rugby, said: “Joel’s spell in rugby union can only be described as a great success. He worked hard to understand a new code, produced many fine performances for Saracens and was duly rewarded by selection to play for England in the Autumn internationals last season. His achievement within two years has been remarkable.
“We are extremely disappointed to see him leave but Joel has simply reached a decision that he is an even better rugby league player. We wish him and Nicola well in the future.”