Burgess ready to realise Wigan dream

Joe BurgessWigan youngster Joe Burgess says his match-winning try in the Warriors semi-final victory over Warrington was the highlight of his career to date (Wigan try 10/11 – Grand Final 1st Scoring Play).

The 19-year-old winger grabbed a late winner for Wigan on Friday as they booked a place in Saturday’s Grand Final, where they will face fierce rivals St Helens (Wigan 2/5, Draw 20/1, St Helens 2/1 Match Betting).

Burgess broke into the Wigan side last term and has become a mainstay in Shaun Wane’s team this season, with 17 tries in 20 appearances.

When asked by the BBC how it felt to score the winning try, Burgess said: “Best ever.

“Second to that was the Etihad win against Leeds (at the Magic Weekend in May), but that’s topped it by a mile.”

Burgess is now eager to help Wigan beat Saints next weekend, and he is desperate to make an impact in the Old Trafford showpiece after impressing against Warrington.

He added: “I’ve watched them go there when they have been there, so it’s a Wigan lad’s dream come true.

“The Theatre of Dreams, it’s not called that for no reason is it? Wigan against Saints is always special, even when we lost this year, and this should be the best yet.”

Burgess, who is a product of the Wigan academy, has also been called up to the England squad by head coach Steve McNamara for the Four Nations later this month.

Fellow Wigan stars Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Dan Sarginson have also been selected by McNamara, with England priced at 10/1 to win the tournament outright.

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