The St George-Illawarra Dragons have confirmed English international George Burgess will join the club from 2022 on a two-year deal.
In his first stint in the NRL, Burgess played 149 games with the Rabbitohs, including the side’s 2014 Grand Final win.
Since departing the NRL at the end of the 2019 season, Burgess has featured for English Super League outfit the Wigan Warriors but was released from the remainder of his contract in February after picking up a serious hip injury.
The 29-year-old had previously been linked with a move to the Dragons but the club only made the signing official on Monday.
“George will make a significant contribution to us here at the Dragons on and off the field; his experience and career achievements will only have a positive influence on the development of the younger players currently within our squad,” St George Illawarra general manager of football Ben Haran said.
“While he has some obstacles still to overcome following his well-documented surgery, our medical staff have already commenced working with George on his rehabilitation.
“Everyone is committed to helping George get back to his fighting best ahead of the 2022 season, but no person more than George himself. We’re looking forward to him and his family joining the club.”
Burgess is the latest forward to join the Dragons as the club looks to beef up its pack for 2022.
Francis Molo and Jaydn Su’A, both of whom represented Queensland in the 2021 State of Origin series, are preparing to pack their bags and head to the Red V next year.
The side has already parted ways with barbecue connoisseur Paul Vaughan, who instigated the unsanctioned gathering that marked the beginning of the end of the Dragons’ 2021 campaign.
Matt Dufty, another attendee of Vaughan’s infamous barbecue, is following the prop forward to the Bulldogs next season.
Three other barbecue guests, Gerard Beale, Corey Norman and Tyrell Fuimaono, are yet to have their NRL contracts renewed beyond 2021.