30th January 2019, 18:23 | englandrl
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced the contract extension of England international front row forward Thomas Burgess until the end of the 2023 season.
Burgess, 26, has made 119 NRL appearances since making his debut against Parramatta in 2013, adding to his 46 first team games for the Bradford Bulls in the English Super League before joining his three brothers Sam, George and Luke at South Sydney.
Thomas has gone on to represent England in 25 Test matches over the past six seasons as well as playing for the World All Stars in 2016. Thomas was part of the Rabbitohs premiership-winning 2014 team and was also part of the team that defeated St Helens in the 2015 World Club Challenge.
He may have been the last of the Burgess quartet to arrive at South Sydney, but Thomas Burgess has proved to be one of the most consistent forwards at the Club since his debut. 👊🐇❤️💚— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) January 30, 2019
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"Souths is all I've known and I'm really pumped to be signed up long term now," Burgess told Rabbitoh's website.
"The Club gave me a chance when I came to Australia for the first time, a 20-year-old young lad, not knowing what to expect. Now six or seven years down the track, I'm still enjoying my football here.
"I love calling Sydney home and I wouldn't want to play anywhere else in the NRL than with the Rabbitohs.
"To play my 100th game with Souths last year was really significant for me, but now it's about quality rather than quantity and I want to play my best each week.
"I'm looking forward to getting out there and performing for the Members. They are the cornerstone of our Club and without them, the Club wouldn't be in the position it's in today.
"I'm really looking forward to the seasons ahead and wearing that famous Red and Green jersey."