Super League: Joe Burgess to leave Wigan for Sydney Roosters
Last Updated: 23/01/15 10:28am
Joe Burgess has decided to leave Wigan for Australia at the end of the 2015 Super League season after agreeing to join Sydney Roosters.
The 20-year-old winger, who burst onto the Super League scene in 2014, will be out of contract with the Warriors in the autumn and the club have failed to persuade him to sign a new deal.
"We did everything we could but he wants to experience the Sydney lifestyle," said Wigan's football general manager and director Kris Radlinski.
Widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in the game, Burgess played and scored against the Roosters in the World Club Challenge clash at the start of last season in Sydney.
Wigan-born Burgess, who came through the club's junior system, scored 23 tries in his first full season of Super League, including the Warriors' only touchdown in their Grand Final defeat by St Helens in October.
He went on to earn a place in the England squad for the Four Nations Series, but was a non-playing member of the squad.
Burgess, who has been handed Wigan's No 5 jersey for the new season, will be the latest high-profile player to switch from Super League to the NRL.
Seven members of the 24-strong England squad plied their trade in the NRL in 2014, including former Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, and they have since been joined by former Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson.