Sam Burgess set to return to playing in dramatic career turn

Sam Burgess will forever be remembered for being one of the greatest British imports to play in the NRL in history.

Unfortunately, his time in the game was brought to a sharp end with a horror shoulder injury, but aged just 33, Burgess still has that passion to return to the field – and it could happen.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs enforcer is currently in charge of the Orara Valley Axemen in the bush rugby league competition

“I want to see if I can play a few games if I can get a clearance (from the NRL),” Burgess told the Daily Telegraph. “I’m contemplating playing. It would be great.

“I want to have a good influence on the team up here and help out. But it’s also about trying to grow the game as much as I can.

“It might get a few more people through the gates. Financially for a club it would be much better.”

Having taken the reins at the Axemen towards the back end of 2021, Burgess couldn’t hide back his delight at still being involved in the game in a great place.

“We’re training like crazy at the moment,” Burgess continued. “I love it, it’s so much fun. Bringing a team together, coaching them, it’s great. They are good people up here.”

The 33-year-old continues to be in the public eye after a successful stint in reality TV show SAS Australia whilst the NRL still has to make their own conclusion to Burgess’ domestic violence charges before he could potentially return to Australia’s most prestigious competition.

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