Sam Burgess is headed to Warrington Wolves in 2024 and previously little brother Tom has spoken about a desire to play for Leeds Rhinos.
The eldest Burgess brother Luke won a Grand Final with Leeds back in 2009 but the majority of the Burgess boys played for the Bradford Bulls.
However, at the World Cup, Tom Burgess admitted a desire to play for the Headingley club one day.
That dream, or at least the dream of playing in Super League, has become more real with reports suggesting that Sam’s move to Warrington has head coach has set the wheels in motion for Tom to come to the UK as well.
Reports down under are saying Souths would be willing to allow Tom to leave for the Betfred Super League.
Burgess, 30, has played over 2oo NRL matches, all for the Rabbitohs, since making his first grade debut against the Parramatta Eels in 2013. He will move to fourth on South Sydney’s all-time most-capped player list when he plays against the Sydney Roosters tomorrow night, playing in two NRL Grand Finals for the Rabbitohs including the Premiership victory in 2014.
Thomas has represented England in 30 Test matches, played four Test matches for Great Britain, represented his homeland in three World Cups as well as a World Cup Nines tournament. He also played for the World All Stars in 2016.
Burgess extended his contract with the club earlier this year saying:
“I’m over the moon to be extending my time with Souths. It’s a very special Club and I’m honoured to wear the colours every day.
“It’s great to be going around for another year for our Members and fans.
“This is a special place and we can certainly do some special things for our supporters in the next few years.”
Rabbitohs Head of Football, Mark Ellison, says Burgess has shown he can be one of the dominant front rowers in the NRL.
“‘We’re very happy to have Tom extend his time here at South Sydney. His experience up front is invaluable to us considering the number of young middles we have coming through the ranks,” Mr Ellison said.
“Tom has played at the highest levels in the NRL and for his country. He knows what it takes to win a Premiership and he has played more games for South Sydney than any other prop-forward in our Club’s history.
“We’re all looking forward to working with Tommy over this year and next as we try to reach our ultimate goal, winning another Premiership for this great Club.”