Rugby league great Sam Burgess could be back playing as soon as next season.
The 31-year-old retired last year due to a chronic shoulder problem but has recently started training again with the club where he holds legend status – South Sydney Rabbitohs.
As his injury continues to improve, Souths coaching staff have been impressed with the high fitness levels showcased by the former England captain, leading to calls for a return.
“I’d be lying if I said it (coming out of retirement) hadn’t crossed my mind,” Burgess admitted in an interview with Fox League.
“I’ve been back in the bubble training and the body feels good but it’s just a dream at the moment.
“I’ve really been enjoying being back with the team, it’s great and just seeing them improve day-by-day. It’s just good to be around them.”
Despite Burgess playing down talk of a possible comeback, close friend and colleague Braith Anasta believes something is definitely in the pipeline.
He told Fox League: “There’s a fair chance. I know since being back in the bubble he has been extremely fit.
“He’s trained really hard and he’s got that buzz and feeling again. It wouldn’t surprise me if he put the boots on next year.
“I know he has huge aspirations to coach. He’s got to make that decision. It is a reality he could be playing next year.”