SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: George Burgess passes during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on September 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Parramatta have reopened negotiations with South Sydney’s George Burgess as they attempt to have him join the club before the 2019 season.

It was reported that Burgess rejected an offer from the Eels in January and discussions have since been renewed.

It is understood that the Eels are willing to pay Burgess’ Rabbitohs contract this season and offer him an additional two-year deal worth approximately $700,00 to tie him to the club until the end of 2021.

The Eels have been looking to add size to their list and would look to have Burgess as a starting prop alongside new recruit Junior Paulo.

Burgess has not been guaranteed a contract with South Sydney after the 2019 season, but it is understood that he would prefer to remain at the Rabbitohs with his brothers Sam and Thomas.

However, he is being encouraged to take the Eels deal in order to have assurance over his future.


    • What are you on drugs parras, he would be perfect for you guys, but seriously hope he stays at Souths, he is entering an age where most front rowers come on , can’t believe you don’t want him , and with that you don’t deserve him either.

      • I don’t want him either.
        In order to get him we will have to pay overs, given he is so keen to stay at the Bunnies, and I just don’t see him being worth that sort of punt. If we get the 2017 version, and on the big bucks, not good.
        In addition, whilst we could use another big forward (who couldn’t) we need an experienced hooker or centre more.
        What actually worries me is, it looks like he’s the only player we’re chasing. I hope that’s not the case, but it’s looking likely.

        • I agree with you.
          There must be some decent up & coming props out there. Parra could probably buy a couple of young props & have lots of money left over to fill the other positions.

      • Penso……… It’s not so much that South’s don’t want him, but more about managing their cap. I follow South’s and personally, I would have rather let Sutto go and keep George and Robert Jennings. BUT the money they offered Sutto wouldn’t have covered those guys anyway. I am reading between the lines here and guessing that they want to offload George and make a play for Pangai Junior. He only signed a one year deal and has freely admitted that he had a special bond with Bennett.

        • Charming comical entertainment WoodChook.

          Nevertheless Burgess will ultimately depart our beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs, albeit this season or next. George Burgess is heavily overrated whom demands an astronomical wage increase, which opposition teams are willing to pay.

  1. It was reported…
    It is understood…
    Burgess has not been guaranteed a contract with South Sydney after the 2019 season

    Encouraged to take the Eels offer???
    BY WHOM?
    What ROT, speculation with no facts.
    That is just rubbish.

    The facts are that Bennett and Richardson want George to stay.
    The facts are that he wants to stay also.

    Why is Jennings in the same article? One has nothing to do with the other.
    Jennings fate was sealed when his greedy corrupt Manager Isaac Moses knocked back a good offer from Souths Months ago.

    Richardson is not going to sacrifice an International for a 39 game rookie who won’t put his body on the line and tackle and who conceded 13 trys to the opposition in 2018.

    NO WAY!


    • Terrible move if he goes. Souths are in a good spot for the next 2-3 years for something good to happen if GI and Reynolds stay healthy. Smells like Justin Poore all over again….

    • 3 hats. Encouraged by his brother’s. And Jennings being mentioned in the same article does have something to do with George. Jennings wanted to stay at South’s, but they couldn’t offer him a deal unless they freed up some coin………… So if George goes, Jennings stays. I don’t know where you get your info regarding South’s making an offer to Jennings months ago, but I played footy with a guy that is still involved at South’s and an offer was never tabled to him.

    • The infamous, “he’s gone somewhere else so he useless” last year everyone including your self were singing Jennings praise, he was the next big thing he’ll be a nsw player soon.
      And now it’s he can’t tackle and he’s useless.
      Gee your sad, with al your inside knowledge and info (lol) you don’t know much.

    • The SMH is saying the same thing. Still, you can’t believe everything you read in the paper (or on ZT for that matter) can you?

      • Definitely not! That is my point I guess, until it is announced that George has signed a contract all of it is just speculation.

  2. Parramatta followers. George Burgess is an enormous mountainous hefty body, who is unfortunately overrated with his consistent three big hit ups per match. George is at best a forty minute player. My beloved South Sydney should for the benefit of our Glorious club. Release him immediately.

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