Wigan Warriors have confirmed that twenty year old winger Joe Burgess will move to the NRL in 2016 to play for the Sydney Roosters.
It was Wigan General Manager Kris Radlinski who broke the news yesterday.
Radlinski said: “We did everything we could to but he wants to experience the Sydney lifestyle.”
Burgess made his debut for Wigan against Hull FC back in 2013. It was last season when he really came to the forefront however. With Joshua Charnley out of the side Burgess stepped in and filled his shoes superbly.
Last season the winger scored 22 tries in 24 appearances for Wigan making him their top try-scorer.
His length of the field effort during the play-offs against Huddersfield was one of the tries of the season. He also pulled out a brilliant last minute try to see off Warrington in the play-offs.
The move could be seen as a bold one from Sydney as Burgess has only played one season at the top level however the Roosters believe he is one of the best England have got.
Of course, he still has the 2015 season at Wigan to gain experience and possibly the Super League crown they missed out on last season.