The ban South Sydney prop George Burgess received for eye-gouging West Tigers Robbie Farah could undermine his market value as clubs circle, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
At the start of the season, Burgess was offered $2 million over three seasons with the Eels and was forced to turn it down as he couldn’t convince the Rabbitohs to grant him a release.
Fast forward six months and the Rabbitohs forward may now be forced to settle for about $300,000 to $350,000.
The ban has resulted in Burgess being sidelined for the rest of the season and will prove to have an impact on his market value.
He has gone from the most in-demand props in the NRL to a player without any significant suitor, writes The Sydney Morning Herald.
A potential price-cut could mean that South Sydney may be able to keep the Burgess brothers together, if George were to take a lesser deal.
Burgess initially saw interest from the Broncos, who gave up their chase in order to secure Matt Lodge.
The Eels, who offered him a massive deal over three seasons, are still deemed to be interested, but will take him for far less than the original $700,000 a season.
There’s also speculation that a return home to England could be on the cards, but is very unlikely as the uprooting of Burgess’ young family wouldn’t be ideal.