Joel Tomkins has left Wigan Warriors by mutual consent and signed for fellow Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers.
Earlier this month, the 31-year-old was handed a four-week suspension and £10,000 fine by the Warriors after footage emerged of the player abusing bar staff during a night out.
Wigan consequently confirmed on Monday that Tomkins, whose brother Sam was also present in the video and was hit with a £5,000 fine, has left the club, with Rovers later announcing he has signed an 18-month deal.
A statement from the Robins said the club had been "reassured by the player and other sources that the incident was out of character".
Tomkins added: "I'm sure everybody is aware of what's gone on at Wigan and I accepted the punishment from them.
"After sitting down with my family and thinking a bit harder about it, I decided that the best thing for all parties would be for me to leave the club and I offered my resignation to Kris Radlinski, which he accepted.
"I instructed my agent to look into a deal elsewhere and there were a few other Super League clubs that were interested as well as Rovers, but [Rovers coach] Tim [Sheens] called me personally and really sold the club to me, both for the back end of this year and next season."
BREAKING: Hull Kingston Rovers have strengthened the club’s forward pack for the remainder of the 2018 Betfred @SuperLeague season and beyond with the signing of experienced forward Joel Tomkins from @WiganWarriorsRL with immediate effect. #WelcomeToHullKR https://t.co/Vdqxyi7mMZ pic.twitter.com/dGcThf8nFg— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) June 11, 2018
Explaining Wigan's decision, executive director Radlinski told the club's official website: "Everybody is aware of the incident that took place a few weeks ago.
"Since Joel's suspension, conversations have taken place surrounding his long-term future at the club. Joel made a very remorseful statement and the discussions that have taken place since echo that.
"The images on that video will haunt Joel for a long time but we can't let that moment of madness detract from what a fantastic career he has had at the club.
"Everyone has commented on the video but the hardest thing for me is that the video is not a true reflection of the man I know. After the video had emerged, he sent me a message apologising for the position that he put me in and said that whatever I decided, our friendship would remain intact.
"Joel is a good guy and somebody I care about. This has been a really difficult situation for all people concerned. Now it is time to move on. We thank Joel and wish him well with his future endeavours."
23 de febrero 2019
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