Burgess’ NRL comeback ‘squashed’ despite huge temptation

Sam Burgess’ potential NRL comeback has been “squashed” with his adviser, Braith Anasta revealing the former Rabbitohs skipper is only focused on pursuing a coaching career.

Burgess was medically retired at the end of 2019 due to an ongoing shoulder injury but had been linked to a return to the game earlier this week.

Anasta confirmed to NRL Tonight that there was interest from more than one club and although the 32-year-old “definitely” considered a return Anasta believes Burgess’ “playing days are over.”

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“I don’t think so at this stage,” Anasta said when asked if Burgess will make a comeback.

“Sam has been in a good place the last couple of months, he’s been training hard and his mind and body is in peak condition. He’s as fit as he’s ever been.

“There’s been interest from a few clubs. We were a bit surprised by it but when I spoke to Sam he considered it, he really did.

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“He didn’t end his career at Souths the way he wanted to and the temptation was huge. It’s humbling to have those offers from clubs.

“He definitely considered it for quite a period of time but at the end of the day his focus is on coaching and I can’t see him playing again.

“Sam is made for coaching. He’ll do a great job.

“He was involved in the South Sydney camp last year with Wayne (Bennett) and wants to get back there as soon as he can.

“I think his playing days are over but you never know.”

The story came to light after Big Sports Breakfast host Laurie Daley told The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield that he had heard from a “pretty good source” that Burgess was thinking about a comeback.

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Rothfield chased up the tip and revealed two clubs were interested — but neither were Burgess’ former club, South Sydney.

Anasta said the story didn’t spark more interest from other clubs.

“No (he did not get more interest after the report) because after that it’s been squashed. His focus is on coaching, that is where his aspirations lie.”

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