Budgie’s aim to fly back to Wigan

Joe Burgess
Joe Burgess

JOE Burgess hopes 2015 is not his final season at Wigan.

The winger has agreed to join Sydney Roosters next year.

But after seeing Joel Tomkins and Lee Mossop return after spells in rugby union and the NRL respectively, he says he would love to play for his hometown club again later in his career.

“I’m not saying this (season) will be the last time I’ll ever play for Wigan - I do want to come back,” he said at the club’s media day yesterday.

“Being a Wigan lad and being a Wigan fan all my life, that’s why it was so tough - especially leaving my family and friends behind.

“Even my mum and dad were gutted at first.

“But I’d say 98 percent of fans were alright with it and that’s all I wanted.”

The 20-year-old’s move to the Roosters - confirmed last Thursday - was widely expected.

And he says now his future is out in the air he just wants to focus on this forthcoming season with the Warriors.

“I don’t want to think about Sydney Roosters one bit now until after the season,” said Burgess, who scored 25 tries in 27 appearances last season, including in the World Club Challenge and the Grand Final.

“I want all focus on Wigan and to win as many trophies as I can for Wigan.”

Coach Shaun Wane says he is “disappointed” to be losing a winger who stepped into Pat Richards’ place 12 months ago.

He has Dom Manfredi battling Burgess and Josh Charnley for a wing spot.

“I’m concentrating on the year with him, Dom and Josh,” said Wane.

“If Budgie wants to play he’ll be fully focused, and I’ve no doubt he will be.

“He’s really keen and I need his performances to improve on the St Helens game (last Sunday), and he knows that.

“He’ll be okay this year.”