South Sydney’s number one man has returned to Australia.
Sam Burgess arrived to a sea of media at Sydney Airport this morning and the Rabbitohs wasted no time getting their star back in front of the cameras.
Burgess and South Sydney CEO John Lee quickly fronted the press to answer questions about his return to South Sydney. “First of all, it’s great to be back in Sydney,” Burgess told dozens of reporters.
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The 26-year-old says he will return to the NRL a better athlete after his 12-month stint in rugby union: “I learnt a lot about rugby union. It’s different training to what I’ve done in the backline and as a forward in rugby union, so I think it improves me as an athlete all round. I enjoyed the sport but I think deep down rugby league gave me something different to rugby union.”
He continued: “It’s not a mock of rugby union at all, because I certainly respect what the players go through, but I think personally I just play with passion and heart, so the sooner I got back it was probably the best.”
Burgess added he would remain at the Rabbitohs long-term, revealing South Sydney were the only club he considered returning to: “I’m here for a long time now. I love South Sydney, I never questioned looking elsewhere at any of the clubs. I would find it very hard to put a different shirt on. I love this club, the experience I had here over the five seasons I played are unbelievable.”
Burgess said he cannot wait for training to begin: “I watched Souths very closely. Our schedule over there meant it was very hard to keep up with live. I think a few guys left last year…but it’s been great watching players grow. Greg (Inglis) and John (Sutton), Luke Keary have all stepped up in certain areas of the game. I’m really looking forward to just stepping in amongst the guys. I can’t wait to start training with them and start knuckling down.”