All smiles: Burgess

All smiles: Burgess

By Alastair Hancock

  • George Burgess talks life at Wigan Warriors so far after joining the Club in the off-season from NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

  • Prop forward moved to Wigan three weeks ago and has revealed he car shares and lives on the same street as a fellow Warrior.

  • Burgess: “First of all, I’ve got to put in a big pre-season and if I can do that, they (fans) can expect my best, and hopefully I can do that in the Cherry and White.”

Three weeks into his Wigan Warriors career and George Burgess says he is settling in well after revealing he lives on the same street as fellow teammate Chris Hankinson.

The prop forward admits he ‘car shares’ with Hankinson as he and his family get used to new surroundings following their move across the world from South Sydney, Australia.

Speaking to the Club this week, Burgess said: “It’s been really good so far. The boys are training really strong and we’re getting some good reps in on the track and out on the field. The weight sessions have been solid too. Everyone is putting in the work and that’s what we want.

“Everyone is all smiles. Lammy (Adrian Lam) was excited to get back into it on Monday and start ripping in with the boys. We’re all putting the effort in.

“I’m car sharing with Hank (Hankinson) at the moment as he lives on the same street as me, so I see him quite a lot. I let my Mrs have our car so she can go out and do stuff.

“It’s a great bunch of lads and I’m getting on with everyone. It’s a pleasure to be around.”

The 27-year-old, who joined the Warriors from NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been impressed by the Club’s new training facilities and believes his side must use the Robin Park Arena to their benefit during pre-season and beyond.

Burgess in pre-season training.

“It’s top class. I’ve seen a lot of facilities around sporting teams in the NRL and all over the world and it’s right up there. We’re lucky to have these types of facilities at our disposal and we’ve got to make the most of them.

“It’s good to get back in early and have a solid amount of time in pre-season. I always find I have a better season on the field if I’m putting that hard work in - in November and December time.”

Bringing a powerhouse body to Wigan’s forward line, Burgess says fans could see him at his best in 2020, as he hopes to pass on his experience to the younger members of the Warriors squad.

“First of all, I’ve got to put in a big pre-season and if I can do that, they (fans) can expect my best, and hopefully I can do that in the Cherry and White.

“Experience does count a bit. Being in those teams that have been there and won trophies helps a lot and hopefully I can share a bit with the young lads coming through. I know we’ve got some great young talent coming through and some good front rowers as well. If I can pass any knowledge on to them it will be awesome.

“I didn’t get the chance to play Super League as a young player but I know it’s a bit of a different game, and it will be good to add a big body to this Wigan Warriors team.”

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