Huddersfield Giants have secured a major transfer ahead of the 2025 Super League season with the news that they have signed South Sydney and England prop Tom Burgess on a three-year deal.
He has enjoyed a stellar career in the NRL with South Sydney, but will now bring the curtain down on his career in Australia at the end of the 2024 season to return home.
“I feel real good actually, about getting it all sorted and obviously I have been looking at potentially coming back to the Super League for the last few years but I re-signed with Souths until the end of the year, I’ve been really fortunate to get in touch with Huddersfield, we came to an agreement,” he said.
“One thing I am really excited about coming back to Huddersfield, it’s really close to where I grew up, where I went to school, bringing my young family back there and it’s going to be really cool to come back to where it all began with a great club like Huddersfield Giants.”
‘This is a huge transfer, not just for the Giants, but for Super League’
Huddersfield coach Ian Watson admitted: “This is a huge transfer, not just for the Giants, but for Super League and the game in general, with the stature of Thomas and what he’s achieved in his career to be consistently one of the best front-rowers within the game, we’re absolutely delighted for him to become a Giant in 2025.
“You only have to look at his career, winning the NRL and consistently being one of the best within the international game, we’ve been on the lookout for a big middle, and Thomas fits the profile of what we’ve been searching for, it’s also great to have another English middle in our pack.
“We heard that Tom may be available within the next year or so, so we touched base, and I had a conversation with him just about rugby for about an hour, and then received a call from his agent notifying me that he would be interested in joining the Giants, it moved quick from there really.
“I know him from the (Great Britain) Lions tour, and I saw then first-hand the standards he sets himself, and how he applies himself in training and during games, it’s what we’re looking for at the Giants, he fits our culture and the future we’re going for here, we want our young players to learn from the very best and we’re getting that in Thomas.
“There was interest in Super League for him, but he wanted to come here, and the three-year deal gives his family security, and he’s moving close to where it all started for him at Bradford.”