Wigan prop George Burgess will fulfil a childhood ambition when he lines up for Wigan on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old is the only one of the four Burgess brothers never to have played Super League, after he left British shores to sign for South Sydney Rabbitohs as a Bradford academy player back in 2011.
After being named in the Warriors’ 21-man squad for Thursday’s opener, though, the 27-year-old is set to make his bow and is pleased to finally get that opportunity.
“I grew up here and spent a lot of time here so it’s good to be back and show my young family a bit about where I’m from,” he said. “I always wanted to play in Super League growing up and I was close to playing in 2011, just before I left.
“But it’s good to have come back now I’m a bit more established and I can hopefully make a mark. They (brothers) were all supportive of me following a goal of playing in Super League.
“They’ve all been here and done that, so I’m sort of following in their footsteps I suppose.”
Burgess’ brothers aren’t the only family members that have a huge influence on his career.
His mother, Julie, has always had a huge impact on his life – both professional and personal – and even followed her sons and moved out to Australia once they all joined South Sydney.
“She’s always supportive of us boys in whatever we want to do with our lives, whether that’s playing rugby league or anything else,” he added. “So she was just happy for me that I’d made a decision on my future.
“She was obviously upset that she wouldn’t be seeing us as much but that’s just the nature of our relationship. Now she gets the chance to come over and visit when she can.”