Tom Burgess has played down rumours that brother Sam Burgess is about to come out of retirement.
When questioned by Fox League last week about the possibility of a return, Sam said: “I‘d be lying if I said it hadn’t crossed my mind. Being back in the bubble and training, the body feels pretty good.”
This unsurprisingly caught the attention of the media and got Rabbitohs fans dreaming of seeing Slammin’ Sam in action again, however brother Tom says it’s not that straightforward.
“He has been thinking about it, but there are two different stories thinking about it and actually playing,” Tom told Fox.
“He was medically retired for a reason, so the shoulder isn’t that good.
“I mean, obviously he would love to do it, but it might be a different story actually doing it.”
Sam’s retirement at just 30 sent shock waves through the rugby league world and left a huge whole in the South Sydney forward pack.
Almost a year on since retiring, Tom revealed that his older brother has benefited mentally from training with the Rabbitohs squad on a daily basis.
“He has handled it (retirement) pretty well,” said Tom. “It isn’t easy, but it has been good for him to be back around the team, and it has been good having him there.
“He is a natural born leader and he has always been like that from a young age, so it is good to have him around the place.
“Even though he isn’t playing, he is leading off the field and on the field at training as well.
“I think having him there has eased that transition (into retirement) a bit.”