SOUTH SYDNEY are set to lose their superstar captain, with Sam Burgess’ shoulder injury reportedly forcing him into early retirement.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the 30-year-old will be formally retired on medical grounds due to the chronic shoulder injury that hampered his 2019 season.
The NRL club is yet to make a formal statement but is expected to confirm the news later on Wednesday.
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It’s a huge blow for the club, who already lost veteran Greg Inglis earlier this year through a medical retirement.
Burgess is contracted with the Rabbitohs until the end of 2022. The club will now work closely with the NRL to see what portion of the star’s massive million dollar deal will be included in the salary cap going forward.
The revelations follow reports this morning that the Bunnies had been eyeing off St George Illawarra enforcer Tyson Frizell as a possible replacement for Burgess.
Frizell is contracted with the Dragons until the end of 2020 and it’s unlikely the club will be allowing him to get out of his contract early.