Burgess NRL boys stick thick at Redfern

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Burgess NRL boys stick thick at Redfern

South Sydney’s new-look NRL side in 2017 will continue to have a strong Burgess presence.

Premiership-winning playmaker Luke Keary has committed to arch-rivals Sydney Roosters for next season.

The futures of hookers Cameron McInnes and Damien Cook are unclear with the Rabbitohs strongly linked to out-of-favour Wests Tigers rake Robbie Farah.

But Tom Burgess is set to continue to call Redfern home, alongside brothers Sam and George, despite being linked to an exit a year short of his contract conclusion.

“I don’t think anything will be changing in that department for a while,” George Burgess said on Wednesday at Rabbitohs training at Redfern Oval in regard to the Burgess trio continuing to play on together with Souths in 2017.

“I love playing with my brothers – it has been a childhood dream for me.”

Sam Burgess added: “There is no truth in that rumour; we certainly don’t know anything about that.”

Much was expected of Sam Burgess in his return from a year in English rugby, but the 2014 Clive Churchill medal winner has struggled to consistently reproduce his weekly outstanding efforts prior to his defection to the 15-a-side code.

“My game has certainly improved this year as the year has gone on,” he said.

“I have been under the microscope this year a bit more. But I have enjoyed the challenge of crossing back and I am feeling comfortable now.”

With Souths out of finals reckoning, Burgess has pinpointed England’s Four Nations campaign as a chance to salvage something from a disappointing 2016.

“I don’t have the finals to look at – I know it (the Four Nations) is there.

“So I just want to play some good footy and keep some form and take it into the Four Nations.”

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