4th December 2020, 17:33 | salford
Salford Red Devils have added England International Joe Burgess to their ranks ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season on a three-year deal.
Burgess has enjoyed seven seasons in the Wigan Warriors first team after graduating from the club’s impressive Academy system.
The 26-year-old has featured in two Betfred Super League Grand Finals with the Warriors, as well as scoring a crucial hat-trick in the 2017 World Club Challenge as Wigan saw off then NRL champions Cronulla Sharks at the DW Stadium.
Burgess spent the 2016 season Down Under playing for both Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs before returning to the UK in 2017. The free-scoring winger was called up to the England squad in 2015 and scored on debut against France.
Following the move, Burgess said: “This is a big step for me to make sure I get in next year’s England squad. I’ve got a new set of teammates, so I need to fit myself in and do my best for them.
“The halfbacks here have got a lot of knowledge of the game, so hopefully can bring the best out of me.
“There are some of the other lads who I know already. I’ve missed Sarg [Dan Sarginson]. He’s a big character on and off the field, so I’m looking forward to working with him again.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing against Salford, especially when their travelling fans have created that great atmosphere, so hopefully we can have them back at the start of next season.”
New Red Devils Head Coach, Richard Marshall, added: “Joe is an exceptional talent, who’s consistently proven himself to be one of the most prolific wingers in the competition.
“He brings even more quality to our outside-backs and crucially offers a wealth of big-game experience, despite still have the best years of his career ahead of him.”
Director of Rugby and Operations, Ian Blease, said: “Joe is a natural athlete and a born winner.
“His ambition is clear and like a number of our players, his sights are firmly on producing his best.
“Securing the services of a player with Joe’s standing in the game, as he approaches the peak years of his career, is a clear marker of this squad’s continued progression.”