Ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs and Super League star Sam Burgess tipped for major coaching role

Sam Burgess is being tipped for a major coaching role.

That’s according to South Sydney Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly who knows Burgess more than most as the former superstar took charge of the Orara Valley Axemen for the first time at the weekend.

“Having spoken to Sam a lot over the last few months, I know he is extremely excited about what he is doing at the Axemen,” Solly told the Daily Telegraph.

“In many ways, coaching bush footy will be the making of Sam’s coaching career. Anyone who has been involved in country football knows the head coach is also the CEO, player welfare manager, sponsorship manager and ball boy.

“I think Sam is loving that experience and responsibility. He has a real passion for coaching and I know he has loved working with the playing group up there and all the officials.”

Asked whether Burgess could one day progress to coaching in the NRL, Solly said: “It’s probably too early to say whether an NRL coaching career is what Sam wants.

“But certainly everything we have seen from him shows he has a really good and long coaching career ahead of him if he wants to pursue it.”

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