Departing South Sydney Rabbitohs forward George Burgess

Currently suspended after an eye gouge several weeks ago, South Sydney Rabbitohs prop George Burgess will return to Super League after signing a deal with the Wigan Warriors.

The reported lucrative deal comes after Souths were unable to retain him under their salary cap.

At one point, Burgess did have interest from clubs to remain in the NRL but after his eye-gouging incident, his stock bottomed out.

Instead, with a big-money offer on the table for the English international, it was simply too good to pass up.

“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 Super League,” Burgess said.

With 147 NRL games to his name, all with the Rabbitohs, Burgess joins Wigan with some pedigree and coach Adrian Lam looks forward to every bit of it.

“George is one of the world’s best front-rowers,” Wigan coach Adrian Lam said.

“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.”

By ricky

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