Sam Burgess has returned to the club where the former Bradford Bulls man is considered a legend.
The powerful forward has joined former Wakefield Trinity star Jason Demetriou on the South coaching staff going into 2023.
However, he was very nearly tempted to another club as new side The Dolphins made a move for him to go alongside his former England boss Wayne Bennett and of course former St Helens boss Kristian Woolf.
Burgess explained why he chose Souths over the Dolphins when speaking to Fox League.
“I speak to Wayne a lot still, still great mates with him, so he’s good (with my decision),” Burgess said.
“It would have been a great opportunity but just the chance to be back at Souths, closer to my kids, back at the club I played for and the one that means the most to me so it was too hard to pass up.”
Souths boss Demetriou also had his say.
“He hasn’t been able to get any of our players, Wayne, so… Sammy loves the club, this is where he wants to be and it’s been good we’ve been able to make it happen,” Demetriou said.
“Wayne is building his team up there and in Round 7 next year we’ll get to lock horns and see how we go.”