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Rabbitohs add another Burgess to the mix

28/12/2010 08:02:44 PM Comments (0)

As if stopping one Burgess wasn't hard enough.

South Sydney's NRL rivals could soon be facing double trouble after the Rabbitohs signed Sam Burgess' younger brother George to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

Hot on the heels of finally securing NRL superstar Greg Inglis last week, the Bunnies snapped up one of the game's most promising talents in the 18-year-old English front rower.

George Burgess was contracted to Super League side Bradford through to the end of the 2012 season, but was granted a release after expressing a desire to link up with big brother Sam in Australia.

Sam Burgess made an immediate impact in his first season in the NRL in 2010 - and while George has yet to taste top flight football - there is plenty to suggest the 194cm and 120kg forward could be just fearsome a proposition.

He has been part of the fulltime squad at Bradford for the past 12 months, and was a key member of the England Academy side that defeated the Australian Schoolboys in their two-match series earlier this month.

"I can't wait to make the move and get started at the Rabbitohs," Burgess said in a statement released by the Rabbitohs.

"Sam has been raving about the Rabbitohs and living in Sydney all year, so I'm looking forward to coming out and training and playing in Australia.

"I'm grateful to Bradford for the opportunities they've given me over the past few years, and also the release to come to Australia and play with the Rabbitohs.

"I'm very excited about pulling on the red and green jersey and getting started on my career at Souths."

He is expected to start his career down under in South Sydney's under 20s side, but it is obvious the club has big plans for the youngster.

"The Burgess brothers are all talented footballers and we're delighted to have two of the boys playing for the Rabbitohs over the next two years," Souths chief executive Shane Richardson said.

"George is a great prospect and a real project for our club.

"We'll work with him over the next two years and during that time we're aiming to develop him into an NRL footballer in the red and green."

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