Salford confirm signing of Joe Burgess

Joe Burgess' move to Salford has now been confirmed.
Joe Burgess suffered a broken cheekbone in the Grand FinalJoe Burgess suffered a broken cheekbone in the Grand Final
Joe Burgess suffered a broken cheekbone in the Grand Final

The winger's move to the Red Devils was first reported by Wigantoday months ago. He will be joined at the club by Jack Wells, who has also left Wigan.

Burgess, who was out of contract with Wigan, has signed a three-year deal with Salford.

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He 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 that 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.”

Warriors executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Everyone at Wigan Warriors would like to thank Joe and Jack for their efforts during their time at the club and wish them both well in the next stages of their careers.

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“They have both represented the club with honour and leave as very popular guys. Our doors will always remain open for them should they ever wish to pay us a visit.”

Burgess debuted for Wigan in 2013 and the following year, was handed the left wing role as Pat Richards' replacement. In total he played 129 games and scored 107 tries across two spells at his hometown club - sandwiching a season in the NRL with Sydney Roosters and Souths.

Although he never won a final with his hometown club, Burgess scored a hat-trick in the World Club Challenge win against Cronulla.

After making his Super League debut for Wigan in 2016, second rower Wells has been restricted to 18 first team appearances after numerous injury setbacks.

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The 23-year-old had loan spells at Swinton Lions and Toronto Wolfpack and, as Wigantoday had previously reported, is also moving to Salford.

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