Burgess completes shock move

St George Illawarra have confirmed the signing of former Wigan forward George Burgess on a two-year deal, meaning the prop will remain at the Dragons until at least the end of the 2023 NRL season.

Burgess has played 149 NRL games to date after eight seasons with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, including their premiership win in 2014, but spent an ill-fated season in Super League in 2020.

The prop signed on a marquee contract, yet registered just eight appearances following a serious hip injury that threatened to bring an early halt to his career.

He has since received surgery, but was released by Wigan in February on mutual terms, but Burgess always spoke about a return tot he game.

St George Illawarra general manager of football Ben Haran said Burgess would add so much on and off the field to the Dragons.

“George will make a significant contribution to us here at the Dragons on and off the field; his experience and career achievements will only have a positive influence on the development of the younger players currently within our squad,” Haran said.

“While he has some obstacles still to overcome following his well-documented surgery, our medical staff have already commenced working with George on his rehabilitation.

“Everyone is committed to helping George get back to his fighting best ahead of the 2022 season, but no person more than George himself. We’re looking forward to him and his family joining the club.”

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