Sam Burgess plans to end his career with the South Sydney Rabbitohs after signing a new four-year contract with the NRL club.
The 29-year-old has made 160 appearances across two different spells with the Rabbitohs after originally joining in 2010 and won the Clive Churchill Medal in their 2014 Grand Final triumph over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Burgess’ previous deal at the ANZ Stadium had been due to expire in 2019, but he will now remain with the Rabbitohs for the next four years and he has indicated that will see him through to the end of his career.
“I’d like to leave the game while I’m still playing good football,” Burgess said. “I don’t want to play if I’m not doing the club justice and I’m not doing the right thing by the team.
“South Sydney gave me an opportunity as a young kid and little did I know nine years ago not only the impact it would have on my life, but my family’s life.”
Burgess’ extension will boost the Rabbitohs ahead of the NRL play-offs and coach Anthony Seibold is delighted to have tied the former Bradford Bulls star down to a new deal.
“In my opinion, Sam is the leading forward in our game,” Seibold added. “He is an inspirational leader through his actions both on and off the field.
“Since he’s been here at the Rabbitohs he’s demonstrated how much Souths means to him and I’m very happy to know that he will finish his career here at South Sydney.”