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Sam Burgess opens up on contract situation at Warrington Wolves

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Sam Burgess has taken to life as a head coach like a duck to water. His Warrington Wolves side are currently riding high in the Super League table, level on points with Wigan Warriors and St Helens in top spot.

He will also shortly take charge of his first Challenge Cup final, and will be hoping to lift his first piece of silverware at the first attempt. Naturally, Burgess’ success in his short time as a head coach so far has lead to speculation about his future at the Warrington Wolves.

Burgess has been consistently linked with a return to the NRL. When Jason Demetriou left his role as the South Sydney Rabbitohs head coach, Burgess was linked with a return to the NRL. However, Burgess’ old mentor, Wayne Bennett, will instead take the role.

Burgess has also been linked with the vacancy at the Parramatta Eels. However, he has previously stated his commitment to honour his contract with the Warrington Wolves. Reports suggested that Burgess may be opening talks to extend his stay at the Halliwell Jones stadium.

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Burgess opens up on Warrington Wolves stay

Burgess appreared on Sky Sports‘ The Verdict programme with Jenna Brooks and Jon Wilkin, and was asked whether he was in discussions to extend his contract with the club.

Whilst Burgess did not confirm that he was likely to prolong his time at Warrington, he did state how much he was enjoying the role. Given his relative inexperience, he does not want to rush into a decision on his future.

“Well I’ve enjoyed my time here but you know I’m not really entitled to rush into anything just yet I mean we’re 12 or 15 games into my career you know we’re sort of at the first hurdle which will be next weekend so we’ll see how things go but from my end up I’m happy with what we’re doing.

“I’m comfortable with the contract that I’m on. You know, and if there’s time to negotiate, I’m probably not in a desperate need to do that just now.

“Like I said, I’m just enjoying what we’re doing. I enjoy building my relationships with the players and seeing the group get better every week.”

Wilkin believes empathy is key to Burgess’ success

Jon Wilkin

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Speaking during the segment, Wilkin offered his opinion on why Burgess has acheived success in his relatively short time with the club. According to Wilkin, Burgess possesses two important character traits which endears him to his players.

“[Burgess has] a high degree of empathy and humility, and that comes across with how he cares for his team and the people around him. Now, you see coaches come and go. I saw Sam react with his players after a victory not long back, taking time to have words with the players’ families, embracing the players, and there’s a genuine care and affection that comes with Sam Burgess that not everybody has. It’s why he’s universally liked amongst players, coaches, administrators in the game.” Wilkin said.

“An example would be the interchange situation, you know, and him defending the right for his team to have the full complement of interchanges. All of that engenders just trust and a feeling that Sam will care for his players. And that’s why you’re getting the reaction out of the players what we’re seeing.”

However, he added a note of caution, stating that Burgess could only be judges once the season is over.

“Realistically, we’ll only be able to judge that at the end of the year but at the start of the career, obviously the indications are that things are nice at Warrington. Now we all know that can change and it can change very quickly in sport.”

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