Last night Warrington Wolves shocked the world by announcing that Sam Burgess would be taking charge of the club in 2024 and 2025 replacing former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell.
It is a bold appointment from the Wolves with Burgess only just starting his journey as an assistant coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs, a club he is considered a legend after spending the bulk of his career there and guiding them to the 2014 title winning the Man of the Match in the Grand Final whilst playing with a broken cheekbone.
He now leaves the Bunnies for Warrington but has promised he will return saying on the club’s website:
“To Russell (Crowe), Blake (Solly) and JD (Jason Demetriou) and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position. We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year, and to do so alongside our current staff and squad is my focus.
“To the South Sydney Members, the greatest fans in the game, I forever thank you for always being behind me. I will carry that support I feel from you wherever I go. This is not goodbye, but see you all soon. SB #1073”
Meanwhile, speaking on Warrington Wolves’ website, he said:
“I’m pleased to confirm I will take on the role of Head Coach at the Warrington Wolves for seasons 24/25.
“From playing in the Super League to having the opportunity to lead an incredible club, it’s a full circle moment and one I am fully committed to and excited by.
“I want to thank Simon [Moran], Stuart [Middleton] and Karl [Fitzpatrick] at the Wolves for their courage and collaboration, as I look forward to returning to England to coach this great club.
“To Russell [Crowe], Blake [Solly], JD [Demetriou] and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position. We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year and to do so alongside our current staff and squad, is my focus.”
Burgess will see out the 2023 season with Souths.