Despite not having played any football for Bradford in the ESL, Souths new recruit George Burgess has received support from Adrian Morley who welcomed the decision.

Morley, who had a successful stint himself in the NRL with the Sydney Roosters from 2000-2006, was one of the first British players to make the switch in the last decade.

With Burgess’s arrival, it lifts the English quota of players in the NRL to 5 with Gareth Ellis, Sam Burgess, Michael Worrincy, Gareth Widdop and now George Burgess, all playing in the NRL.

Whilst many can foresee an exodus of sorts on the card as more ESL players want to ply their trade in the NRL, for Morley, he sees more positives out of the situation rather than negatives.

“I think it’s great for the development of English players,” he said.

“It’s no secret that New Zealand as a rugby league nation becomes a lot stronger when they have players plying their trade in the NRL.

“I’m not suggesting for one minute that we send a load of English players over there but I’d like to see more younger players go over. They seem to develop a bit better over there.

“Both Sam and Gareth (Ellis) gave the rest of the England boys confidence with the way they handled it.

“I wouldn’t like to see a mass exodus, where 20 or 30 players go over, because that would weaken our competition but I don’t see any harm in it at all.

“It would be good for the national side and also the life experience is fantastic.”

By ricky

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