Burgess ready for NRL start

New Roosters signing Joe Burgess says it took months for him decide on whether to make the switch to the NRL.

The former Wigan winger has signed a three-year deal for the 2015 minor premiers the Sydney Roosters.

But Burgess admits it was a hard decision to leave his hometown and shift to Sydney.

“I always used to enjoy watching the NRL,” Burgess told the Roosters website.

“(But) it took me a few months to decide. I discussed it with my parents.

“And I asked older players (at Wigan) and they said they never got the chance because of wives or kids and I didn’t want to leave it that late.

“I took my chance when I could.”

Burgess arrives in the NRL as an England international and after scoring 22 tries in the 2015 campaign.

The 21-year old bagged 49 tries in 55 games for Wigan in three seasons in Super League.

Burgess said he couldn’t really turn down a move to the NRL.

“They have taken me in as one of their own,” Burgess said.

“It was a big move for me but I couldn’t really turn it down.

“I am stocking up on the factor 50 (sunscreen) at the moment.

“This time of year it is usually snow and mud, it’s a nice change.

“I feel sorry for them (at Wigan).”

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