George Burgess leaves Australia with family after signing with Wigan Warriors

George Burgess and wife Joanna bid goodbye to Australia with their three children this week, after the NRL star signed a three-year deal with Wigan Warriors.

As they embarked upon their new life in northern England, the family-of-five posed for a picture outside Sydney Airport on Monday afternoon. 

‘Bye Sydney,’ wrote Joanna while posing alongside George and their young children, Boston, Birdie and Blainey. 

'Bye Sydney!' George Burgess and wife Joanna bid goodbye to Australia with their three children on Monday, after the NRL star signed with Wigan Warriors. Pictured: George, Joanna and children Boston, Birdie and Blainey

‘Bye Sydney!’ George Burgess and wife Joanna bid goodbye to Australia with their three children on Monday, after the NRL star signed with Wigan Warriors. Pictured: George, Joanna and children Boston, Birdie and Blainey

The couple were dropped off at the airport by George’s brother Luke, mother Julie and several other family members and friends.  

Suspended George played his final NRL regular season game for South Sydney in July, after signing a three-year deal with English side Wigan Warriors.

At the time, five-time Super League champions Wigan announced the 27-year-old England international front-rower will join them for the 2020 season.  

Farewell: The couple were dropped off at the airport by George's brother Luke (second, left), mother Julie (second, right) and several other family members and friends

Farewell: The couple were dropped off at the airport by George’s brother Luke (second, left), mother Julie (second, right) and several other family members and friends

Earlier this year, he served a nine-match ban after being found guilty of eye-gouging.

‘George is one of the world’s best front-rowers,’ Wigan head coach Adrian Lam said in a club statement.

‘He is respected highly by his peers in the NRL and at international level and his experience, leadership and physicality will be of real benefit for us.’  

The end: Suspended George played his final NRL regular season game for South Sydney in July, after signing a three-year deal with English side Wigan Warriors 

New venture: 'George is one of the world's best front-rowers,' Wigan head coach Adrian Lam said in a club statement earlier this year, ahead of the family's big move

New venture: ‘George is one of the world’s best front-rowers,’ Wigan head coach Adrian Lam said in a club statement earlier this year, ahead of the family’s big move 

George, who has played over 147 NRL games since his debut for the Rabbitohs in 2012, has also played 15 Tests for his country.

He won the NRL premiership with Souths in 2014, in a team that included his twin brother Tom and older brother Sam.

‘Although it’s a huge decision to leave the NRL and say goodbye to Souths, I’m excited as to what the future will hold at Wigan Warriors and the Super League,’ Burgess said.

Star: George, who has played over 147 NRL games since his debut for the Rabbitohs in 2012, has also played 15 Tests for his country. Pictured in July 2019

Star: George, who has played over 147 NRL games since his debut for the Rabbitohs in 2012, has also played 15 Tests for his country. Pictured in July 2019

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