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Warrington confirm signing of Union star Burrell

Warrington have confirmed the signing of former England Rugby Union star Luther Burrell, as reported by Jack Conlon yesterday.

The 31-year-old has signed a deal with the Wolves until the end of the 2021 season and will become available on July 1, when his contract with Northampton Saints expires.

Burrell has experience playing rugby league on was on the books at Huddersfield Giants in his youth, before switching codes to play for Leeds Carnegie and then Sale Sharks.

But the athletic centre made his name at Northampton and has become a household name in Rugby Union, earning 15 caps for England over the last five years.

“My background is predominantly in Rugby League as I grew up in the north, in Huddersfield, surrounded by the sport and playing it at school,” Burrell said.

“It’s never really left my blood; I guess my aim was to always try my hand at it one day and I’m buzzing to get involved with Rugby League and the Super League.

“I’m excited about the challenge ahead as it’s fresh for me. I’ve had some great times in Rugby Union, and I’ve had some adverse times, so for me to have this opportunity to play Rugby League and see how far I can get with a great team is exciting.

“The Warrington club is run amazingly well. Pricey (Steve Price) was unbelievable when I met him; it was exciting from the first meeting.

“I know a couple of the boys too. I know Josh Charnley from his time in Union and I’ve been spoken to him; his message was about how great the club is and from the outside you can see it has aspirations.

“I’ve watched Rugby League throughout my Union career so to join a club like Warrington, who were finalists last year and have a fantastic squad this season, is exciting as it is a club that is going places.”

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