Souths will launch ‘last-ditch’ attempt to bring Sam Burgess back to Redfern amid Dolphins interest
Souths will make one last-ditch effort to bring Sam Burgess back to Redfern as Wayne Bennett plans to lure the former Rabbitohs star away from Russell Crowe’s bushfooty team
- Souths considering bringing Sam Burgess to the club in a coaching role
- Former England international spent nine seasons with Souths over two spells
- Wayne Bennett is reportedly trying to lure Burgess to the dolphins
- Bennett coached Burgess in 2019, the Englishman’s last season in the NRL
- Burgess currently coaches Russell Crowe’s bushfooty team in NSW
Sam Burgess could be lining up for a sensational return to South Sydney as the Rabbitohs look to fend off the dolphins’ interest.
According to the Sydney Morning HeraldRabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe is considering bringing the former NRL star back to Redfern as an assistant coach.
The former England international has been offered a similar role by the Dolphins, with Wayne Bennett keen to add Burgess to his coaching staff ahead of the club’s inaugural NRL campaign next season.
Sam Burgess could shock the Rabbitohs in a coaching role
However, the Herald reports that the Bunnies are making a last-ditch effort to convince Burgess to return to the club he won the 2014 Grand Final with.
The decision comes after Souths were defeated 32-12 by St. George on Thursday evening, a game in which they trailed 32 points at halftime.
The Rabbitohs are seventh but their defensive weaknesses have been exposed repeatedly this season and they have the second worst points difference of any team currently in the top eight.
Burgess has had a number of tumultuous years after retiring at the end of the 2019 season due to a chronic shoulder injury. His marriage ended in dire circumstances and in March he was fined $30,000 by the NRL for multiple violations during his playing career, including using illegal substances.
Wayne Bennet is reportedly looking for Burgess as an assistant coach for the Dolphins
Bennett (left) visited Burgess in an attempt to lure him to Redcliffe earlier this month
As a result, he was also banned from official Souths duties for 12 weeks but remains on the club’s payroll.
The 33-year-old is expected to speak with Souths chief executive Blake Solly and it’s clear the club would be willing to ‘jump through some hoops’ to pave the way for his NRL return.
The Rabbitohs have reportedly charted a path for him to earn his coaching streak, a prospect now in jeopardy due to the dolphins’ interest.
Burgess and Crowe have maintained a close relationship, and the former dual-code star has taken over as the Hollywood star favorite bushfooty team – the Orara Valley Axemen – this season.
Russell Crowe (right) – owner of South Sydney – not happy with Bennett’s approach
Earlier this month, Fox Sports reported that Crowe was far from satisfied with the Dolphins’ attempt to lure Burgess north of the border to be reunited with Bennett.
The supercoach paid a visit to the bush footy club in New South Wales two weeks ago and was caught with Burgess before staying at Crowe’s Nana Glenn farm.
He reportedly used the meeting to gauge Burgess’ interest in returning to the NRL as an assistant coach
The Bunnies are believed to have paved a path for Burgess to coach at the club
The 71-year-old coached Burgess in 2019, with his first season in South Sydney coinciding with the Englishman’s last year in the NRL, and has made it clear that he would seize the opportunity to work with him again.
“I have a good relationship with Sam,” Bennett told the Daily Telegraph.
“He is as good a player as I have ever coached and as good a person as I have ever met. When you meet Sam Burgess, you can’t help but like him. He’s a real guy.’