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Tuesday, July 7

Luther Burrell ready to make an impact in Super League with Warrington Wolves


High profile code convert Luther Burrell has vowed not to remain a bit part player at Challenge Cup holders Warrington.

The former England Union star, 32, struggled after switching from Northampton last summer and played just three Wolves games.

But Burrell – who says he’s fitter than ever since turning vegan – insists he’s now ready to make his mark.

He said: “I want to be in the team and I want to stay there. That’s how it has to be for me.

Burrell is keen to continue his rugby league education as quickly as possible

“I don’t want to be messing around in reserve grade. Am I going to learn playing reserves? I don’t honestly think I am. Is that going to motivate me? I have not come here to do that.”

Burrell was thrown in at the deep end with two of his three games shown live on Sky TV.

It was a baptism of fire that Burrell admits was hard, saying: “It was very tough coming into a group, 25 games into a year. It was very challenging but I wasn’t going to turn to the boss and say ‘I’m not going to play, I’m not ready.’

“I didn’t give a great display of what I’m able to do but people have to be aware that league and union are two completely different games now. Both have progressed like you wouldn’t believe.”

Burrell gets through some defensive work against London Broncos

Burrell turned vegan last year, before he joined Warrington, and is thrilled by the benefits.

He said: “The lads take the mick and say ‘What you doing for lunch? The grass needs cutting, get out there and have a feed.’

“I’m just trying to do my bit for the climate and I want people to know that you can sustain an elite level of performance while doing it.

“I’m the leanest I’ve ever been, I’m quick, I’m fit and I’m doing personal bests in training. It’s not all about needing meat to make you the best athlete or big, strong and fast because I’m living proof.”


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