Former South Sydney Rabbitohs prop George Burgess has cut ties with English Super League giants Wigan Warriors after just eight appearances for the club.
The 28-year-old had two full seasons remaining on the three-year deal he signed in 2019.
But the veteran of 150 NRL games for the Bunnies has opted to walk away to focus on his recovery from upcoming surgery to repair a serious hip injury.
Burgess confirmed his decision in a statement released by the Warriors on Wednesday night (AEDT).
“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,” Burgess said.
“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.”
Burgess, the younger brother of former England and South Sydney captain Sam and the twin brother of current Bunnies prop Tom, made his NRL debut in 2012.
He was a member of the 2014 premiership-winning side and has played 15 Tests for England.