SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Joe Burgess of the Roosters runs with the ball during the round one NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on March 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce the re-signing of star England International winger, Joe Burgess, on a three-year deal with effect from December 1st 2016.

He will re-join the Warriors after one season in the NRL with Sydney Roosters.

“I’m proud to say that I had a go at the NRL. It didn’t go perfectly to plan and I’d definitely consider giving it another go but, for now, I’m looking forward to coming home. I really want to win some silverware with my hometown Club and that is definitely the aim when I return,” Burgess said.

“I’m also looking forward to enjoying some of my mum’s cooking!”

21-year-old Burgess debuted for Wigan in 2013 and made his breakthrough into the side in 2014 scoring a remarkable 25 tries in 27 games in his first full season including a try in the Super League Grand Final.

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    • Dude he’s bigger most of our wingers. I don’t think at 195cm(same as Inglis) and 100kg that size was his problem probably more so intelligence and game awareness

    • He wasn’t getting the real go that he wanted with the Roosters so I am not surprised that he is going back. Good Luck to him, I thought he had potential.

  1. I may be having a massive mind blank but I can’t think of another English back who has been successful in the NRL other than Widdop.

    Although when you watch the games it’s pretty easy to understand why a “star” there would struggle here.

      • Agree Tnutt, Tomkins is a talented player I don’t think the Warriors cultural suited him.

        • Agree with that Austin, Tomkins picked the wrong club in the Warriors. Some of his comments on returning to England were interesting, he said that when he first arrived in NZ, he found the Warriors “very unprofessional”, he did say that things had improved by the time he left.

          I would have liked to have seen what young Burgess was capable of under Bellamy. I think he has raw talent but that it needs nurturing and Bellamy would have brought the best out of him.

        • You can say Tomkins was talented if you will but he was so far from successful in the NRL it isn’t funny.

          Burgess and Eden are both fast but not capable of coping in the NRL. In Super League the defence is a lot slower and they attack a lot deeper allowing a lot more time and room for the wingers.

          Will the next “gun fullback” fare any better? Only time will tell.

  2. I dont think the english backs have the same athleticism as the Aussie players. The forwards seem to go alright though.

    • Maybe not but I don’t think the Roosters gave the lad a real go.

      They played him 4 times this season usually off the bench and in that time he scored 2 tries. I would have thought that would justify the Roosters giving him more game time.

  3. He definitely should have been getting game time ahead of that myth Daniel Tupou. I’m amazed every week when he gets named in first grade, I’ve never seen a first grader care less when making a error or letting in a try.

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