Prop Luke Burgess returns to Salford

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Salford coach Ian Watson
Salford coach Ian Watson

Prop Luke Burgess has rejoined Salford after an injury-hit spell at Catalans Dragons.

The 30-year-old joined the French side after helping Salford avoid relegation in 2016 but made only five appearances this year due to a knee injury sustained in April.

Burgess, who began his career at Leeds before stints with NRL clubs South Sydney and Manly, returns to the Red Devils on a one-year deal.

"We're delighted to bring Luke back to the club," said Salford head coach Ian Watson.

"He's going to be another big signing for us going forward.

"I've been keeping tabs on him since Luke impressed in his spell with us at the end of 2016 and bringing him back is massive for us.

"Luke's performance in the Million Pound Game stands out as his attitude to get a quick play-the-ball created our first try and enabled us to be able to shift the point of attack.

"In the second half when we were low on numbers he played big minutes and when there were tough carries to be taken Luke always turned up and his desire in defence was first class.

"He gives us even more size and power to our already solid pack and he adds a lot of experience which will help the younger lads in the squad."

Meanwhile, Australian half-back Luke Walsh has signed a new contract that will see him remain with Catalans Dragons for the 2018 season.

The 30-year-old joined the French side on a 12-month contract following his departure from St Helens and made 29 appearances this year as the club narrowly avoided relegation from Super League.

"Luke is a hugely influential member of our club and his re-signing is very important for us moving forward into 2018," said Dragons head coach Steve McNamara.

"We will be looking to add to him even greater responsibility and control within the team as we look to develop and build our game."

Walsh said: "I'm very pleased to be given the opportunity to stay with a club that is on the verge of doing something special.

"Steve has let me play my game and be a leader on and off the field.

"I love it here in Perpignan. It's a great culture, they are great people and it's a great opportunity for me and my family to learn and benefit from it."

Luke Walsh has signed a new Catalans deal
Luke Walsh has signed a new Catalans deal

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