SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Sam Burgess smiles during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on September 24, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

South Sydney captain Sam Burgess may be in line to receive his $3.6m remaining contract value from the club if he is forced into retirement from the game due to injury.

The 30-year-old has endured a difficult 2019 campaign after picking up an infection from shoulder surgery earlier in the year, reportedly down to only 25 per cent bone on his shoulder.

In addition, the England international was the subject of an AVO application from the father of his estranged wife following a reportedly heated confrontation at a home in Bowral.

Although the injury has to be proven as a new development rather than an existing condition in order for the medical retirement to be enforced, that hurdle appears cleared.

The Rabbitohs may subsequently apply to the League directly for salary cap dispensation so as to avoid the final three years of Burgess’ deal impacting on their salary cap for that amount of time.

Younger brother George told Channel 9  “I suppose he will make the decision that is best for him and his family.”

There are as yet no guarantees as to Burgess’ playing future with no public announcement scheduled, but head coach Wayne Bennett told news.com.au there was no doubt in his mind the skipper would be lining up in 2020.

14 COMMENTS

  1. SAM BURGESS THE #1 FORWARD IN RUGBY LEAGUE HISTORY WANTS TO WIN PREMIERSHIP #22 WITH THE OLDEST AND MOST FAMOUS CLUB THAT HAS WON THE MOST PREMIERSHIPS IN AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE HISTORY WITH THE MOST MEMBERS IN THE NRL IN NSW.

  2. TheGreatestGameOfAll thats right the Kembla Blacks have won 22 so its on the cards the roosters will again change their name for the 4th time to The Kembla Blacks and claim 22 premierships.
    Its the roosters way.

  3. Hahahaha how funny is this, first Greg Inglis wants out of Souths then George Burgess now Sam Burgess wants out of the club that chokes in the semis year after year. The place has got no comradely, no character and no spirit. The bottom line is Souths have no heart and Sam wants to get out of the dump and drain their salary cap. Ahahahaha….

    This Crowe cheating scandalous club that has no Leagues Club after it went broke, has indeed got its own methods how to play footballers below cost salary then when JWH belts them around a bit they want to retire and get a massive payment of over 3 million dollars. Ripping off the cap big time, with this loophole it means if Burgess was at Souths for 10 years his 3 mil averages out he earned another 300k for each season he played. Lets hope the Nrl are not as silly as Penriths management and can see the tactic that they are doing here.

  4. Yes Sam Burgess will get over 300k on top of his registered contract with the NRL for every year he played for Souths. If he gets a payout to retire.
    In other words Crowe is not using brown paper bags under the table. He is topping up Sam’s previous contracts big time with a going away retirement package of a 3.6million dollars. This can not be allowed by the NRL.

  5. Funny news just came through that Cam Murray is officially not up to Test match standard after choking big time in this years semi finals. 18th nan for the Emu rabbit.

    Just looking at the Aussie vs NZ test squads combined.

    Sydney Roosters 6 players
    South rabbit 1 player Ahahahaha Ahahahaha
    Penrith nohopers Zero Players. Ahahahaha Ahahahaha Ahahahaha Ahahahaha

  6. Mark.mybutthole you are obviously struggling to deal with Cammy Murray as the next Australian Captain let alone No Rep Radley living in his shadow.
    Radley? Wouldn’t feed the hapless wonder.

  7. How the hell would “that hurdle be cleared.” That it wouldn’t count against souths salary cap? He has had shoulder injuries prior to signing his last contract. This stinks of double standards yet again from the NRL after not giving the same benefit to Stewart and Matai

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