SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: George Burgess of the Rabbitohs looks on during the NRL round six match between the Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

According to Sporting News, English-born South Sydney player George Burgess rejected a multi-million dollar deal from Parramatta that would've "set him up for life".

And it has led to rumours of Burgess potentially retiring from the game early.

Burgess declined an offer from the Eels and said that he couldn't live with himself if he had walked out of Sydney, the team he has played for for eight seasons.

''To leave a club that I've played all my first grade games - at the drop of a hat - just didn't feel right to me,'' he said.

"I want to be able to play the season out knowing that if I am leaving that I can properly say goodbye to the club that has given a lot to me and I've given a lot to."

Alluding to his lack of playing time in recent games, the Eels have since rescinded the offer. Sporting News contributor Brent Read spoke of Burgess' other options if his body can't handle the stress of playing rugby.

''He's playing 24 minutes a week for the past three rounds and he's really struggling. There are whispers doing the rounds that maybe he might be ready to pull the pin.

"Physically in the last year he's struggled and has had some injuries. He just hasn't been the same player.

''He's 28 and his body is letting him down a bit. He's got the acting career to fall back on," said Read.

An acting career is something he said he has been eyeing after retiring from rugby. It was a big move to decline the deal but may be an indicator for his future movements.


  1. To be or not to be……. that is the question

    To every door there is a key…….

    Romeo Romeo, where for art thou

    Sydney Roosters, he wants to play for the Roosters. He is feed up with souffffffffffffffs. No home ground and 11k home crowd average – – – – – – – – – –

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