South Sydney enforcer Sam Burgess has signed a long-term extension with the Rabbitohs, in a deal that will see him remain a Bunny until 2023.
The deal is reportedly worth over $1 million a season, and will kick in after his current deal runs out at the end of next season.
Burgess has played 160 games for the Rabbitohs across eight seasons with the club, and has 37 tries to his name.
He was immense during their 2014 premiership success, winning the Clive Churchill Medal after playing with a fractured eye socket as well as a fractured cheekbone after sustaining the injuries in the opening tackle of the match.
The deal likely sees Burgess remain a Rabbitoh for life, and that is something he seems more than happy with.
“I’m a Rabbitohs man. It’s as simple as that,” Burgess told rabbitohs.com.au.
“The Club aligns with everything I’m about and my values, so it was an easy decision for me to extend my contract out to the end of my career.
“We spent a bit of time working out the contract as it is my last one, but Souths have always shown faith in me and I feel like I can repay that faith over the remaining years I have on the field.
“I wasn’t interested in the player market or anything like that.
“I’m interested in leaving behind a legacy, being a small part of the fantastic history of this great Club.
“Players like John Sattler, Bob McCarthy, Ron Coote and Clive Churchill – they’re all remembered at this Club for what they have done. I love the history and I want to leave my mark as well.
“No one is bigger than the Club and as a South Sydney player, you have a connection to those players of the past.
“My first-grade player number is 1073 and that means a lot to me. I can’t tell you how much that number means to me.
“It’s a special Club and I’m so proud to be part of it.”