Burgess signs Souths deal

Tom Burgess has agreed a bumper extension to his contract at South Sydney Rabbitohs, meaning he will stay with the club until the end of the 2023 season, the same length as brother Sam.

The now 26-year-old has agreed to stay in the NRL until the age of 31, and the announcement comes a week after his twin brother George knocked back a big offer from Parramatta Eels, with his future still in the balance with him being off-contract at the end of the season.

Tom was the last of the Burgess brothers to join the Rabbitohs, joining in 2013 from Bradford Bulls. Sam, the first of the brothers to join the club, rejoined the club in 2016 after a spell in rugby union with Bath, having first joined the club in 2010. George was next to join in 2012, having never played a professional game in England, while the eldest of the quartet, Luke, also played for the club from 2010-2014.

The contract renewal for Tom comes after he and his twin brother were linked with a potential move to Canterbury Bulldogs after they lost David Klemmer to Newcastle Knights, while he refused to rule out a move to Super League in the future. But, after the arrival of England coach Wayne Bennett at the club, the 26-year-old has now been tied down to a long-term contract.

“Souths is all I’ve known and I’m really pumped to be signed up long term now,” Burgess said. “The club gave me a chance when I came to Australia for the first time, a 20-year-old young lad, not knowing what to expect. Now six or seven years down the track, I’m still enjoying my football here.

“I love calling Sydney home and I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else in the NRL than with the Rabbitohs.”