Former Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess starts a new job as head coach of a country footy team

Former Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess starts a new job in the new year as head coach of a country footy team – ahead of his SAS Australia debut

Sam Burgess starts a brand new footy job in 2022.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs player will become the head coach of Axemen in the Orara Valley, near Coffs Harbor on the north coast of NSW.

The 32-year-old told News from the area on Saturday he saw the opportunity to give back to the sport after speaking with his longtime friend and Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe.

Career step: Former Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess will start a new job as head coach of Axemen in 2022 in the Orara Valley, near Coffs Harbor on the north coast of NSW

Career step: Former Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess will start a new job as head coach of Axemen in 2022 in the Orara Valley, near Coffs Harbor on the north coast of NSW

He explained that he and the Academy Award-winning actor had a chat about his dreams of becoming a head coach, following his stint as an assistant coach for the Rabbitohs following his retirement in 2019.

‘[Russell] explained that Orara Valley was folded and it needed a bit of a catalyst to get them back on track in good condition.

“I saw the challenge or the opportunity as something that would bring a lot of reward in terms of getting back into the community, back to the grassroots level in the game,” he said.

Words of Wisdom: The 32-year-old told News of The Area on Saturday that he saw the opportunity to give back to the sport after speaking with his longtime friend and Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe.  Together in the picture in 2014

Words of Wisdom: The 32-year-old told News of The Area on Saturday that he saw the opportunity to give back to the sport after speaking with his longtime friend and Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe.  Together in the picture in 2014

Words of Wisdom: The 32-year-old told News of The Area on Saturday that he saw the opportunity to give back to the sport after speaking with his longtime friend and Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe. Together in the picture in 2014

Opportunity: Sam, who was an assistant coach for the Rabbitohs after retiring in 2019, said: “[Russell] explained that Orara Valley was folded and it needed a bit of a catalyst to get them up and running again in good condition’

The retired athlete told the publication that the challenge of the head coach position was too good to pass up.

“The joy I will get from bringing what I could bring to the club and the area was something I just couldn’t refuse.”

Sam’s exciting new coaching role comes when he makes his debut on Channel Seven’s SAS Australia, which airs in September.

Reality TV stint: Sam's exciting new coaching role comes when he debuts in Channel Seven's SAS Australia, which airs in September

Reality TV stint: Sam's exciting new coaching role comes when he debuts in Channel Seven's SAS Australia, which airs in September

Reality TV stint: Sam’s exciting new coaching role comes when he debuts in Channel Seven’s SAS Australia, which airs in September

In promos for the upcoming series, the footy star bursts into tears during an interrogation and admits he “lost respect” for himself when his marriage broke up.

‘I lost my career, my children and my marriage. I’ve lost it all. I’ve clearly lost respect for myself,” he told Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his fellow management staff.

Ant replies: ‘Not many people are honest with themselves. It takes something special to find out who they really are.’

'I've lost it all': In promos for the upcoming series, the footy star bursts into tears during an interrogation, admitting he 'lost respect' for himself when his marriage to Phoebe Burgess fell apart

'I've lost it all': In promos for the upcoming series, the footy star bursts into tears during an interrogation, admitting he 'lost respect' for himself when his marriage to Phoebe Burgess fell apart

‘I’ve lost it all’: In promos for the upcoming series, the footy star bursts into tears during an interrogation, admitting he ‘lost respect’ for himself when his marriage to Phoebe Burgess fell apart

The South Sydney captain withdrew from NRL in 2019 due to a shoulder injury.

A year later, he finalized his divorce from five-year-old wife Phoebe.

The former couple share and co-parent their two children, daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two.

Devoted Dad: The former couple shares and co-parent their two children, daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two

Devoted Dad: The former couple shares and co-parent their two children, daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two

Devoted Dad: The former couple shares and co-parent their two children, daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two

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