With Sam Burgess coming to Warrington Wolves, talks re-ignited over Tom Burgess following suit especially given his comments about wanting to play for Leeds Rhinos in the past.
Tom revealed at the World Cup a desire to play in Super League again before his career is over and specifically for Leeds Rhinos. Eldest brother Luke Burgess played for Leeds and won a Grand Final with the club in 2009 before leaving the club for the NRL in 2011.
The Burgess boys have made a real impression in the NRL but with Sam coming back to the UK, reports down under are that Tom could follow suit. He could even sign a contract as soon as November 1st this year though this wouldn’t come into force until 2025.
There has been some suggestion that he could be allowed to leave earlier however. 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.”