Devils set sights on Burgess

Salford Red Devils are understood to be interested in the prospect of bringing Luke Burgess back to Super League if his time in the NRL comes to an end.

Burgess is currently at Manly Sea Eagles, after previously having been at South Sydney from 2011 to 2014. But the Sea Eagles, who are believed to be interested in Souths star Dylan Walker, are understood to be open to moving players on to ease their space on the salary cap.

Sources in Australia have hinted that Manly are in the process of trying to create space on their cap, which could open the prospect of Burgess leaving the club.

And, if that happens, Salford are believed to be interested in signing the 28-year-old and sealing a return to Super League. Burgess has not played in Super League since 2011, when he left Leeds to head to the NRL and join South Sydney.

Burgess was the first ever winner of League Express’ Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Medal in 2008, and a move to the Red Devils – although far from certain at this time – would be a major coup for the club for 2016.

They have already brought several big names in from the NRL including the likes of Robert Lui, but a deal for Burgess would rank as a major acquisition as they look to improve on a disappointing campaign in 2015.

Last week, Salford secured the services of former loan star Logan Tomkins on a one-year contract for 2016. Tomkins, who made 15 appearances for the club last season after joining on loan from Wigan, will now join Salford permanently after loan spells in both 2014 and 2015.