Luther Burrell leaves Warrington Wolves and targets rugby union return

Luther Burrell is seeking a return to rugby union after his Warrington Wolves contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 32-year-old switched codes in June 2019, leaving Northampton Saints for rugby league side Warrington.

But he failed to nail down a first-team place, making just eight Super League appearances, the last of which came in the 36-0 defeat against Leeds on February 28.

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Warrington confirmed Burrell’s departure to Sky Sports News on Sunday morning and the England rugby union international said in an interview with the Daily Mail that he wants a return to the 15-a-side game.

“It’s just over a year since I joined Warrington and, during that time, I’ve played a handful of games,” said Burrell, who has won 15 caps and scored four tries for England. “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.

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