Revealed: Tom Burgess was offered huge move to Wigan Warriors

Tom Burgess has been linked with a move to both Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves recently but the prop nearly went to Wigan Warriors like broth George.

Burgess appeared on The Bye Round Podcast with James Graham where he revealed that he nearly joined the Cherry and Whites who have ended up signing Luke Thompson instead.

They do look set to lose Morgan Smithies though as per reports.

Burgess said: “If I’d not have my brothers there I probably would have just gone with the option of security and staying at Wigan which is a good club.

“I mean there’s no doubt I probably would have come out here at some point but but I had a phone call with George and he just was like ‘yeah just get yourself out here, if you have to live with me for free then you can’ and that was it.

“I thought I’d just make the decision and I’ll give it a crack and back myself and it worked out.”

He also opened up on his time at Bradford:

“I loved my time at Bradford, they were in a really tough spot financially and they literally said to me we can’t offer you any more than what you’re on now.

“I wasn’t going to go backwards at that stage of my career so I had an option to go to Wigan for three years, good money and a good club but I took a punt with Souths.

“Souths offered me a one year deal, it was just minimum wage and back when they did the match bonuses. I had 3k a match so I was dying to get my debut but I played for the Bears first.

“My trajectory to where I am now was different to George’s because when I came in ’13 he was starting front rower in round one. In that first year he played and he took the comp by storm and no one could handle him.”