Wigan complete recruitment for 2020 with signing of George Burgess

James Gordon

Wigan have signed England prop George Burgess on a three-year deal from 2020.

Burgess, 27, will move to the Warriors at the end of his contract with South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he is currently serving a nine-match ban for eye-gouging.

He has never played in Super League, having moved to the NRL from Bradford at the age of 18.

Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “We are thrilled to have secured the services of one of the most recognisable players in world rugby league.

“The Burgess boys transcend sport so for us to have secured the services of George for the next three years is a major coup for Wigan and for the Betfred Super League.

“For such an important signing, it didn’t take long to finalise the deal once we set out the vision for our club and the role that George will play.

“Now, with our head coach in place and our recruitment complete, we can plan to make 2020 a memorable Wigan season.”

Burgess, who has won 15 caps for England, will join Jackson Hastings, Mitch Clark, Jake Bibby and Bevan French and complete the Warriors’ recruitment for 2020.

He said: “After speaking to Adrian Lam and Kris Radlinski, it’s clear to me that there’s something special happening at Wigan Warriors in 2020 and beyond.

“Although it’s a huge decision to leave the NRL and say goodbye to Souths, I’m excited as to what the future will hold at Wigan Warriors and the Betfred Super League.”