George Burgess’ rise back to the top has been dramatic to say the least.
Burgess made just eight appearances for Wigan in 2020 after moving to the DW Stadium on a marquee contract and three-year deal.
However, a persistent hip injury meant that the England international suffered greatly and parted ways with the Super League club in February 2021 to undergo a tough rehabilitation program.
Since then, Burgess has slowly but surely fought for his career and he admits it is the best he has felt in a while, physically – and if he makes it back on the field he will be the first rugby league player to do so following hip resurfacing surgery.
“The body is feeling awesome and I’ve managed to get a good block in there pre-Christmas,” Burgess told NRL.com.
“I’m coming back now and I’m feeling really good and starting to feel like myself again.”
The England international – who will be aiming for a spot in Shaun Wane’s World Cup squad at the end of the year – revealed just how tough the rehab has been.
“It’s been quite extensive, it’s been a big rehab program, but the physios have been great and it’s the best I’ve felt in years.
“The surgery has been a great success, but I’ve got some work to do with fitness and strength around my hip.
“There were a few hiccups but not too many and we sort of expected there to be a few more than there has been.
“I’m trying to get out on the park as much as I can and get as much fitness in my legs, but my hip has been pulling up sweet when I’ve been running.”