during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on August 16, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

Rabbitohs lock Sam Burgess' future is still up in the air as he looks to finalise his new deal with the club.

The 29-year old, who is contracted until the end of 2019, is eligible to sign with rival teams as of November 1, but the England international is keen to finish his career at Redfern.

Signing on with South Sydney for a further two seasons would take him through to the end of 2021, which leads into the World Cup in his native England.

"This decision is probably the biggest one for me because it's my last contract," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

"I'm thinking post career, I'm thinking everything. I really need to give it some thought.

"In terms of getting one done before the season is out, I'm not sure.

That doesn't mean I'm not going to be at South Sydney. I just want to be smart about it and think of the best deal for me and my family.

"I don't know whether [the best post-career option is] coaching, whether it's commercially or doing more media. But I'm keeping all my options open so I'm prepared and we've got a good plan in place."

Burgess decision to hold off contract talks is similar to mentor Anthony Seibold's situation, who has been linked to take over the Broncos top job from super coach Wayne Bennett at the end of 2019.

But Burgess said now was not the appropriate time to discuss the bevy of coaching rumours.

"It needs a real discussion at some point at the end of the year," Burgess said.

"We don't see it in the AFL. [But] for me to talk about it right now is stupid. I don't want to waste my time on it."

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