England international forward George Burgess has left Wigan Warriors by mutual consent on medical grounds.
With a major operation and the prospect of many months of rehabilitation afterwards, Burgess has decided – with the full agreement of Wigan management – to focus on a return to normal physical health as his top priority.
This follows a debut season in 2020 massively disrupted by a hip injury in which the 28-year-old prop made eight appearances and scored one try.
Burgess said: “I would firstly like to thank everyone involved with the Wigan Rugby League Club including all the staff, players and fans for welcoming me so warmly to the Club when I arrived with my young family, and for the continued support and patience in a season which was the most challenging of my career – physically and mentally – and saw me slip into some dark places throughout.
“After lots of thought, myself and the Club have come to the mutual agreement that it is of the most importance that I get this life-changing hip resurfacing surgery, not only for the chance for me to play at my best again one day in the future but to have a better quality of life – mentally and physically – for my family also.
“In addition to this we have also come to the mutual agreement that it is best for all parties involved that we part ways now, giving the Wigan Club the best possible chance to plan better for the future and myself the best possible chance of giving the hip the correct amount of time to fully recover.”