WARRINGTON Wolves felt it was best for Morgan Smith's development for the young pivot to progress his career with London Broncos.

Wire have released the 20-year-old from the final year of his contract to allow Smith to firm up a 12-month deal with Super League newcomers London Broncos.

“Due to our recruitment and retention for 2019, Morgan would have found his playing opportunities limited," said Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick.

"Therefore, we felt it was best for Morgan’s development to allow him to explore alternative options.

"Morgan’s been the consummate professional during his time at Warrington and moves on with our best wishes.”

Smith made his first-team debut in May 2016 and has gone on to make 25 appearances, while also playing for Rochdale Hornets on loan in 2018.

Smith, an England academy international who has been full-time with the Wolves for the last three years, will help fill the void created by the departure of Jarrod Sammut from Broncos to Wigan.

London coach Danny Ward said of Smith, who can play as a half-back or hooker: "Morgan is an exciting, young, British half-back who already brings with him Super League experience.

"He has come through the system at a top club and we are looking forward to working with him and continuing his development."

Smith said: "I am very excited, obviously, to be given such a great opportunity.

"I know that I am a young player but I will be looking to force my way into the team.

"I had a taste of Super League at Warrington and can't wait to get started now with the boys in London."