George Burgess would have hoped to be playing in the Rugby League World Cup right now alongside twin brother Tom.
The pair, alongside older brother Sam, were once the beating heart of the English pack and three also won a Premiership at South Sydney together whilst eldest brother Luke was also at the club.
George even scored a spectacular try that day and was certainly one of the best props on the planet then and for the next five years or so.
A move to Wigan was set to give him a Super League legacy to go alongside his NRL pedigree but an injury totally derailed his career culminating in his premature release in order to recover.
After recovery, he was given a contract by NRL club St George Illawarra Dragons for 2022 and beyond, but things haven’t gone to plan for the big prop.
Burgess has again been plagued by injuries exacerbated by legal troubles off the field as well.
Today, the Dragons have confirmed that he has been released from his contract whilst also announcing the signing of Zane Musgrove from Wests Tigers.
On the release of Burgess, the club said: “St George Illawarra can also confirm George Burgess has been released from the remainder of his playing contract at the Dragons.
“Burgess joined the Dragons ahead of the 2022 NRL Telstra Premiership season and played four NRL games for the Red V.
“The Dragons thank George for his contribution to St George Illawarra and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”
So, could a return to Super League be on the cards?
His twin Tom is certainly open to the switch after scoring for England on Saturday.