Wigan have confirmed the signing of England international George Burgess from South Sydney on a three-year deal from next season.
He is the only one of the four Burgess brothers yet to play Super League, after making the move down under at 17-years-old having yet to make his debut for Bradford.
After 10 years at the Rabbitohs, however, he will return home to finally make his senior bow in the European top flight.
“After speaking to Adrian Lam and Kris Radlinski, it’s clear to me that there’s something special happening at Wigan Warriors in 2020 and beyond,” he said. “Although it’s a huge decision to leave the NRL and say goodbye to Souths, I’m excited as to what the future will hold at Wigan Warriors and the Betfred Super League.”
Wigan head coach Adrian Lam added: “George is one of the world’s best front-rowers. He is respected highly by his peers in the NRL and at international level and his experience, leadership and physicality will be of real benefit for us moving forward. I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the group next season and working with him.”
The Warriors’ Executive Director Kris Radlinski also commented: “We are thrilled to have secured the services of one of the most recognisable players in world rugby league. The Burgess boys transcend sport, so for us to have secured the services of George for the next three years is a major coup for Wigan and for the Betfred Super League.
“For such an important signing, it didn’t take long to finalise the deal once we set out the vision for our Club and the role that George will play. Now, with our Head Coach in place and our recruitment complete, we can plan to make 2020 a memorable Wigan season.”