Luke Yates pinpoints Sam Burgess factor as key reason for Warrington Wolves move

Luke Yates has signed for Warrington Wolves.
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Luke Yates says the opportunity to work with Sam Burgess was too good to turn down. Yates, now 29, 'idolised' Burgess' NRL career, with the forward signing for Warrington Wolves on a two-year deal from the 2025 season.

Currently the captain of rival Super League side Huddersfield Giants, Yates first arrived at the Claret and Gold in 2021 and has gone on to make a stern impact for Ian Watson's side. He skippered the club on the way to Wembley in 2022 and has made over 70 appearances for the club.

Before that, he played for Newcastle Knights in the NRL and was a teammate of current Wire back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon. He has also had Super League spells with Salford Red Devils and London Broncos.

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Speaking on the move, Yates said: "The opportunity for me to come and play for a club like Warrington with Sam Burgess as head coach is massive for me. Sam was someone I idolised when he played NRL, and to have the opportunity to work with and learn from someone like him was a big factor.

"I’ll look to lead by example with my work ethic and how I go about my business. I want to contribute to success there from next season. I’m excited to get amongst it with the club and to play in front of the Warrington fanbase next year."

Burgess added: "Luke is an outstanding player who has been one of the comp’s most consistent and hard-working forwards for a number of years. He will bring great quality and leadership to our pack and I’m excited to work with him next season."

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