Catalans Dragons are pleased to announce the signing of English prop Luke Burgess on a two-year contract from the start of the 2017 season.

On signing with the Dragons, Luke Burgess said: “I am delighted to have signed for the Catalans Dragons and to be returning to play in the European Super League.  The club has a very talented playing squad and for much of last season looked to be on course for at least a top 4 place in the Super League, at the same time playing a very attractive brand of rugby league football.  I am very excited at the prospect of doing what I can over the next 2 seasons to bring success to the club and their supporters.”

Burgess, 29, has made 80 appearances for Leeds Rhinos and won two Super League titles and a World Club Challenge before heading Down Under, joining the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

He made over 50 appearances for the Rabbitohs and won the Premiership in 2014 before moving to Manly.

He came back to Super League for the start of the Super8’s last season, signing with the Salford Red Devils.

Catalans Dragons Head coach Laurent Frayssinous said: “Luke will bring top level Super League and NRL experience to our squad next season. He will add size and will strengthen our pack, offensively and defensively. He loves France and has the perfect pedigree, on and off the field.”

Luke Burgess Profile

Date of Birth: 20 February, 1987
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 112 kg
Position: Prop
Previous Clubs: Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly Sea Eagles, Salford Red Devils
SL Debut: Harlequins v Catalans Dragons, 5 May 2007
Club Stats: Harlequins (2007) : 3 appearances | Leeds Rhinos (2008-11) : 80 appearances, 6 tries | South Sydney Rabbitohs (2011-14) : 52 appearances, 2 tries | Manly Sea Eagles (2015-16) : 20 appearances | Salford Red Devils  (2016) : 7 appearances
Honours : Super League : 2008, 2009 | World Club Challenge : 2008 | NRL : 2014