Wham bam thanks for nothing Sam! How a broken burgess promise cost his team the signature of the teenage wonder Payne Haas
- NRL teen sensation Payne Haas reveals that he almost signed with South Sydney
- Meet three years ago with skipper Sam Burgess and invited him to see him play
- He changed his mind about drawing with the South after Burgess did not show up
- Burgess recently apologized to the young Brisbane Broncos supporter of the snub
- Haas, 19, makes his State of Origin debut for NSW after only 10 NRL games
NSW Blues rookie prop Payne Haas could have played for South Sydney Rabbitohs instead of the Brisbane Broncos, if his heart had not been broken by Sam Burgess.
While the NRL prodigy is ready for the biggest game of his life next week, Haas remembered the time he almost signed with Souths when he met club captain Burgess and then Michael Ohu Coach Michael Maguire three years ago.
Burgess promised the schoolboy, when he was 16, he would come and see how he played for Keebra Sports High in the GIO Cup final in Sydney later that week.
NSW Blues rookies Payne Haas (photo) was about to sign with the South Sydney Rabbitohs when the then schoolboy was shot by Captain Sam Burgess
Unfortunately, Burgess left the disappointed teenager behind by not showing up.
& # 39; It hurt me a bit. I loved Souths, & Haas told nrl.com.au.
& # 39; I was fairly close to sign there. The only reason I didn't continue with it was because Sammy told me he would come to my game. But he swept me, so I thought, "Oh don't worry, I'm not coming to South Sydney."
Haas was about to fly to Melbourne to make a deal with Melbourne Storm when he received a life-changing call from coaching legend Wayne Bennett, who was still in the Broncos at that time.
Being able to stay with his family in Queensland, the deal sealed to change his mind and the rest is history.
Rabbitoh's captain Sam Burgess (pictured with his wife) said he would come and watch Payne Haas but did not show up, much to the disappointment of the schoolboy
Haas eventually received an apology from Burgess for the snub after a recent Broncos game against the Rabbitohs in Sydney.
& # 39; I have no resentment against him. He is a legend of a player and a legend of a person. I think it was all part of the plan. I believe I was destined to be with the Broncos and that's what happened, & Haas said.
Haas was born in Newcastle and will make his NSW Blues debut in Brisbane & # 39; s Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday evening after only 10 NRL games to become the second most inexperienced player to play Origin.
Payne Haas (photo) later signed at Broncos and re-signed last year for a six-year deal
Haas is in the Origin camp while fasting for his very first time after Ramadan after becoming a Muslim earlier this year.
He made his NRL debut for the Broncos in round eight of the 2018 season, that commentator Phil Gould greets as & # 39; the birth of a superstar & # 39 ;.
He played two more games before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Earlier this year, he was suspended for four games and was fined $ 20,000 by the Broncos after not fully cooperating with the NRL integrity unit in an investigation of off-field incidents involving family members.
Haas is signed with the Broncos until the end of the 2024 season.
Sam Burgess recently apologized for the NRL teen rookie for the massacre three years ago
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