Wigan Warriors can confirm that young Forward Greg Burke will join Hull Kingston Rovers for 2015 on a season long loan.
A product of the famous Wigan Academy, Greg has played 23 times for the Club spending much of 2013 on dual registration at Workington Town after having a loan spell at Bradford Bulls cut short due to injury.
The former Ince Rose Bridge junior can play in a variety of positions in the forward pack and has represented England at Academy level. He is contracted with the Wigan Club until 2016.
Head Coach Shaun Wane said:
“Greg is a good young player who I rate very highly. He had a lot of game time with us in 2013 because of injuries to so many forwards, he probably played more than I would have liked to be honest as it is very tough for a young forward to just come into Super League. Greg continued his development last season and I was impressed by his attitude and work-rate when playing for Workington in the Championship. This is now another step up for him, a full year at a good Super League club will further develop Greg as a player and I am excited to see how he progresses in 2015.
Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said:
“This move is all part of Greg’s journey, players like Josh Charnley and Joel Tomkins have spent time away from the Club to gain experience of playing regular Super League rugby. Chris Chester (Hull KR Head Coach) approached us about Greg and once we thought it through we sent Greg over to check them out and he was impressed with their plans for 2015. Greg approached the situation in a very mature way and his conclusion was very balanced. He is genuinely excited about his year with Rovers and it is now up to him to cement a first team spot in the Hull KR team before returning to us in 2016.”
Greg Burke commented:
“I am really excited to have this chance to further my career and gain more Super League experience with Hull KR. My time at Workington was very enjoyable and I feel that I developed as a player, this is another challenge for me as I look to establish myself as a Super League player firstly with Hull KR this coming season and then with the Wigan Club from 2016 onwards.”