July 14, 2024

Thomas Burgess, a forward for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, has decided to quit the team at the end of the season, making a decision regarding his NRL future.

Burgess has agreed to a three-year contract with Super League team Huddersfield Giants, effective from 2025, thus this will be his final season in the NRL.

Burgess is expected to finish this season as the club’s second-most-capped player with 225 NRL games played.

The 2014 NRL premiership winner acknowledges he still has work to do as he attempts to win the team its 22nd championship, even if he may be moving at the conclusion of the season.

“I’m happy to know that my future is sorted but my immediate focus is on winning another premiership with South Sydney,” Burgess stated.

“We aim to win our Club’s 22nd premiership together, and we have an enormous eight months ahead of us.

“While I’m thrilled about what lies ahead for me at Souths and the chance to bring my young family back to my native country in England after that, I won’t let that deter me from doing my part for my team in 2024.

“We’re aiming to finish 2024 on the right note for the team, the Club and the Members.”

Outside of the NRL, he was a mainstay of the English national squad for many years, having played 46 games for the Bradford Bulls between 2011 and 2012 before relocating to Australia.

He has played 33 Tests for England, and in 2019 he competed for his nation in the World 9s competition, a Four Nationas Tournament, and three Rugby League World Cups.

Rabbitohs Head of Football Mark Ellison continued, “Big Tommy will go down in our history as a legend of this Club, one of most-capped players, and someone who has achieved premiership glory in our jersey.”

“We want to send Tom off with another premiership, and we’re all looking forward to working with him in his 12th season at the Club.

“We know that’s his ambition as well as ours, and we can’t wait to watch him take on everyone, starting with Manly in Las Vegas.

Tom Burgess to exit Rabbitohs: Club legend to join Huddersfield from South  Sydney | Sporting News Australia

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