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Sam Burgess hits back at Warrington Wolves narrative

Warrington Wolves boss Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess is now officially Warrington Wolves Head Coach replacing now Wakefield Trinity boss Daryl Powell as Head Coach at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

It is been well over a decade since Burgess played in Super League becoming more affiliated with the NRL than he ever was with Super League.

Despite being retired for a number of years, he hasn’t done much coaching at the highest level. He did join South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2023 season as assistant coach but left under a cloud after he had already agreed the move to Warrington.

All of this has led to some suggesting this is a gamble but Burgess has vehemently disagreed when speaking to Sky Sports.

“I don’t think [it is a gamble by Warrington],” said Burgess, “It is probably best to revisit that question in six months’ time.

“The proof will be in the performance. I am a first-time coach, that is the reality of the situation, but I don’t lack self belief.

“I have got a good grasp of what is going on and the playing squad are in good order, they just need a bit of tidying up. I think I can help there.

“It will be authentic to myself and it will be adaptable on the run but I am just excited to get the team in and get my hands on them,” added Burgess.

He then explained how he will measure success whilst at Warrington moving forward: “My measure on success is leaving the place in a better position than when I found it. I think a great measure of success is gradual improvement and that is what we are looking for.

“The way the team finished the back end of the year, there is plenty to work with and with a few minor adjustments we should be playing some good rugby.

“Time will tell, I am not going to make any bold statements. It doesn’t help me, it doesn’t help the team.”

It will be revealed in November when and where we will see Burgess’ first Super League game in charge as he hopes to begin a new era at the club.

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