Why George Burgess has retired and how it opens door for Tom Burgess to make Super League move after Leeds Rhinos name drop

George Burgess has today announced the decision to retire from professional rugby league.

Burgess is an NRL winner with South Sydney Rabbitohs as he and his three brothers impressed with the Bunnies back in 2014.

He is also an accomplished England international and even had a stab at Super League with the Wigan Warriors.

However, it didn’t go as planned as injuries, specifically a hip injury, made it tough on the prop and he left to return to Australia.

He then picked up a new club in the shape of St George Illawarra Dragons but after a year and more struggles he has today opted to retire after saying he would either find a new NRL club or retire.

The reason for his retirement ultimately has been his injuries as he said on Instagram: “Unfortunately, injuries ended my career before I would’ve liked but I am a happy man walking away from this beautiful game with my achievements.”

It is a decision that could open the door for his twin Tom to make the switch to Super League in the near future.

Tom said throughout the Rugby League World Cup that he would be keen to return to Super League having played for Bradford Bulls in the past like brother Sam.

He routinely name dropped Leeds Rhinos too as a club he supported growing up.

It had been rumoured that George Burgess could re-join the Rabbitohs alongside Tom which would have no doubt seen Tom push to stay.

However, now that George isn’t set for a family reunion, now he is free to make a Super League move.

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