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George pens a deal to join brother Sam; RUGBY LEAGUE.


BRADFORD youngster George Burgess will complete a dream move by joining brother Sam in Australia's NRL after signing a two-year contract with South Sydney.

The 18-year-old prop, who has yet to make his Super League debut, has secured a release from the two years remaining on his contract with the Bulls and will be reunited with his brother in Sydney later this week.

Burgess, whose twin brother Tom remains at Bradford, will play in the Under-20s Toyota Cup but train full-time alongside the Rabbitohs' first team squad, including star new signing Greg Inglis.

"I can't wait to make the move and get started at the Rabbitohs," he said.

"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."

Burgess, whose other brother Luke plays for Leeds, featured in England Academy's recent Test series triumph over Australian Schoolboys and is regarded as one of the best prospects in Super League.

South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson said: "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.

"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."

Burgess junior will be aiming to become the sixth Englishman to ply his trade in the NRL in 2011.

England forward Gareth Ellis and former Wigan Warriors back rower Mark Flanagan are at Wests Tigers, former Halifax academy full-back Gareth Widdop is with Melbourne and Bradford second rower Michael Worrincy has joined Penrith.

Burgess' transfer - for a fee believed to be around pounds 25,000 - includes a clause giving the Bulls first option to re-sign him if he decides to return to England.

Meanwhile, twin brother Tom has revealed he rejected a similar offer to join two of his brothers at the Rabbitohs.

"I suppose me and George have been viewed as a double act so it will be good to see how we get on now we're on our own," he said.

"The main factor in turning it down was that I've got a big ambition to play in Super League. I really want to be involved in the English game.

"If the option comes to play in the NRL in the future, which it might do, we'll come to that then, but I don't really have any desire to play there yet."


Sam Burgess (right) will be joined at South Sydney by younger brother George
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 29, 2010
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