Luther Burrell wants to return to Rugby Union after failed stint back in Rugby League
By Rugby Onslaught

Luther Burrell wants to return to Rugby Union after failed stint back in Rugby League

Former England star Luther Burrell has left Rugby League. The 32-year-old has left Warrington Wolves after just 3 games being played in a year for the Northern side.

Burrell formerly had played for Northampton Saints before he left to change codes in 2019. After an unsuccessful period back in League, where he found himself on the bench over some academy players, the writing was clearly on the wall.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the former England centre spoke about how he is keen to make a return to Union after his failed stint in the other code.

“It’s just over a year since I joined Warrington and, during that time, I’ve played a handful of games,’ he says. ‘Before that I was playing 30 games a year for Northampton in the biggest competitions.”

‘There has to come a point where you look at the situation honestly and ask: how much more can you take of this? I was doing everything I could but the opportunities just weren’t presenting themselves. I was at a club with massive budgets and a lot of depth and they didn’t want to gamble on a guy who had just come over from union. It just didn’t work out.

‘The paperwork has all been signed. That’s it. I’m a Warrington fan now. I’m a proud man and it hurts me that it didn’t work out, because I believed I was good enough. I’ve missed playing 80 minutes of rugby with my boys. Adverse times. Winning. Losing. Bouncing back.”

Luther Burrell has become somewhat of a fitness freak over the past year, cutting a lot of the weight that he had when he was at his peak in Rugby Union.

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Burrell told the Mail on Sunday that he he still has big intentions of playing in Rugby Union.

‘Yeah, I might not have had 100 caps or been on a Lions tour, but I’m the only lad from Huddersfield to represent his country 15 times and win the Premiership. I keep the match ball from my England debut and my medals on a shelf at home and I see them every night before I go to bed. I’m proud and I still want to add more to that collection.’