After his career in union and with Northampton Saints ended under two weeks ago, many would have thought that Luther Burrell would take a break ahead of his move to rugby league with Warrington Wolves.
The Saints have just finished an extraordinarily long season, reaching the semi-finals of both the Premiership and the European Challenge Cup. Additionally, Chris Boyd’s side won the Premiership Rugby Cup, meaning Burrell would have played a lot of rugby this season.
However, it looks like the former England international is already in training with the Wolves. This was revealed through his new teammate Josh Charnley’s Instagram, showing the 31-year-old in his new Warrington training kit.
Charnley, like Burrell, made the move to Warrington with great success last season from rugby union’s Sale Sharks. However, Charnley had already made his name in league with Wigan at the beginning of the decade, but he will nonetheless understand what Burrell will be facing by switching codes.
Warrington currently sit second in the Super League table, and are to face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi-final, meaning their season could go on until early October should they make the Super League Grand Final. That would bring to a conclusion a season that has been well over 13 months for Burrell, which would be a Herculean effort.
Then again, Burrell has expressed his excitement at this move, and with Warrington performing so well currently, his debut could not come soon enough for him.
Having played for the Huddersfield Giants as a teenager, the game of league will not be completely new to Burrell, meaning his transition could be swift and successful. At over 17 stone, the 15-cap England international’s power makes him dangerous in either code, and his running game will be a real asset to the Wolves.
Although many thought he would take some time out before his league career starts, Burrell could be playing sooner than expected.
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