Wigan Warriors have announced that England and South Sydney Rabbitohs forward, George Burgess, has signed to join the club for the 2020 season on a three-year deal.
Burgess will leave South Sydney after ten-years of stellar service alongside twin brother Tom Burgess and elder brother Sam Burgess at the end of the 2019 season to return to the UK and play in Super League.
The 27-year old prop-forward, who has been capped 15-times already by England during his career, will complete an exciting new group of recruits to the Wigan 2020 Squad at prop, half-back and centre delivering an ambitious influx of talent to the current Super League Champions which complements perfectly the existing squad and the maturing, talented Wigan Academy players.
Jackson Hastings, Mitch Clark, Jake Bibby, Bevan French and – now – George Burgess represent a clear “Statement of Intent” said Wigan Chairman, Ian Lenagan.
On his future move to the Warriors, Burgess said:
“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. 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.”
On the signing of Burgess, Wigan Warriors Head Coach, Adrian Lam, said:
“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.”
Wigan Warriors Executive Director, Kris Radlinski 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.”