Burgess aims for home double return

Joe Burgess
Joe Burgess

JOE Burgess is eyeing a return to action before Wigan start their play-off campaign next month.

The 19-year-old has been out of action since sustaining a knee injury in July’s away win against Catalan Dragons and it was initially feared he could miss the rest of the season.

But the supersonic winger, with 19 tries to his name in 2014, is determined to help himself get back into the fold for when Leeds and Warrington visit the DW Stadium to close the regular season in September.

“I’ve been in rehab so I’ve still had to follow my programme,” Burgess (below) told the Evening Post.

“I’m still a few weeks away and can only do light weights on it. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m running again.”

Burgess revealed if his recovery goes to plan, he could feature for the under-19s when they visit Bradford on August 28.

“That’s just before we play Warrington and Leeds so hopefully I can get back into the team for those and have played before the play-offs,” Burgess said.

“I had an aim last year of playing 10 to 15 games and I’ve already done that - now I really want to win some trophies.”

Despite a dream campaign so far, which started with an unexpected call-up to the club’s pre-season training camp in America, Burgess is keeping his feet on the ground and is following advice to ensure he recovers as quickly as possible.

“With rehab you’re on your own and it’s up to you to do it,” he explained

“I really want to do it and get back into the team.

“The physios give me a new programme every week or two and you do that and they come back to you to see how you are.”

And having played in a World Club Challenge in Sydney and staking a convincing claim to the wing spot Pat Richards vacated at the end of last season, the academy product is hoping to cap off the year with his first silverware for the first team.

“I wasn’t expecting to play in a World Club Challenge or even go to Australia - to play as many games as I have done now is really quite an achievement which is why I want to get back into the team as soon as possible and finish off the year with a trophy.”