Salford bring in Burgess

Salford Red Devils have signed Luke Burgess for the 2018 season.

Burgess, who had a stint with the Red Devils during the 2016 qualifiers campaign, spent the 2017 season with Catalan Dragons.

The 30-year-old began his career with the Leeds Rhinos before enjoying spells with both South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles, racking up a total of 70 NRL games. Burgess won the Super League with the Rhinos in 2009 as well as playing in South Sydney’s NRL-winning season in 2014.

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “We’re delighted to bring Luke back to the Club. He’s going to be another big signing for us going forward.

“I’ve been keeping tabs on him since Luke impressed in his spell with us at the end of 2016 and bringing him back is massive for us.

“Luke’s performance in the Million Pound Game stands out as his attitude to get a quick play-the-ball created our first try and enabled us to be able to shift the point of attack.

“In the second half when we were low on numbers he played big minutes and when there were tough carries to be taken Luke always turned up and his desire in defence was first class.

“He gives us even more size and power to our already solid pack and he adds a lot of experience which will help the younger lads in the squad.”

Salford Red Devils CEO, Ian Blease, said: “Luke is a great player and there is no doubt he’ll strengthen our squad next season.

“He was an excellent leader for us in his previous stint with the Club and I’m looking forward to watching him get back out on the field with the Salford Red Devils shirt on.

“We’re delighted to have got this deal over the line and we are close to sealing another couple of players. Our squad is taking shape ahead of next season and is already looking strong.”

Burgess is Salford’s sixth signing for next season, joining Manu Vatuvei, Tyrone McCarthy, Derrell Olpherts, Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou at the AJ Bell stadium.