5th September 2018, 08:00 | englandrl

Sam Burgess extends stay in Australia

Sam Burgess extends stay in Australia

England international star Sam Burgess has signed a new contract with South Sydney Rabbitohs which will see him stay in Australia until 2023.

Burgess’ contract was due to expire at the end of the 2019 season, Burgess agreed to stay for four more years as Rabbitohs head into the NRL play-offs.

The 29-year-old has made 160 appearances for the Rabbitohs since joining the club in 2010, and won the Clive Churchill Medal in their 2014 Grand Final win.

Burgess said: "I'd like to leave the game while I'm still playing good football. I don't want to play if I'm not doing the club justice and I'm not doing the right thing by the team.

"South Sydney gave me an opportunity as a young kid and little did I know nine years ago not only the impact it would have on my life, but my family's life.

South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold said: "In my opinion, Sam is the leading forward in our game.

"He is an inspirational leader through his actions both on and off the field.”