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.”
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).”