Budgie happy with life as a Rooster

Joe Burgess speaking to Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello
Joe Burgess speaking to Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello
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JOE Burgess says he has quickly settled into life at new club Sydney Roosters.

The former Warriors winger moved to Australia before New Year’s Eve and is now deep into pre-season training in the baking Australian summer.

“They have taken me in as one of their own,” said Wiganer Burgess, who played for England in the autumn internationals.

“It’s been tough, just getting back into it.

“I think I’ll be better in a few weeks when I’ve got my fitness up and acclimatised.

“I am stocking up on the factor 50 (sunscreen) at the moment. This time of year it is usually snow and mud (at Wigan), it’s a nice change I suppose.”

The 21-year-old made his Wigan debut in 2013 and went on to replace Pat Richards as left-winger the following year.

He quickly became a fans’ favourite and left the club with 49 tries in 55 appearances.

In an interview with Roosters and Australia legend Anthony Minichiello on the club’s website, Burgess said it was a huge decision to leave his hometown club and move to the NRL.

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

“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 may make his competitive debut for his new club on familiar territory - Roosters play St Helens at Langtree Park in the World Club Series on February 19.