South Sydney will remain the rugby league home of the four Burgess brothers, with 21-year-old twins George and Tom on Wednesday joining Sam and Luke in re-signing with the NRL club.
It’s just the news Rabbitohs fans wanted to hear, with the Englishmen making a big impression for the NRL ladder leaders who are seeking their first premiership title since 1971.
George has signed a three-year deal to the end of 2016, while fellow prop Tom is committed for the next two seasons.
George especially has impressed in 2013, scoring six tries in 19 games and is a big chance to make his international debut for England by joining celebrated brother Sam at the end-of-season World Cup back in his home country.
Sam is a well-established international, having played 11 Tests for England and Great Britain, and is already signed with Souths until the end of 2016.
Luke, the oldest of the four prop brothers who has played 28 games for the Rabbitohs, is committed to the end of 2015. He only recently made his return from a pre-season shoulder injury in the NSW Cup, but has yet to be sighted in the NRL this year.
“It’s really exciting to be with a club that is growing the way it is, and I’m looking forward to helping develop the winning culture that is building here,” George Burgess said.
“I’m really pumped to be part of it with my brothers and teammates as well, and to be part of what I’m sure will be a bright future.”
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire believed new re-signings George and Tom could be fixtures in the pack for the seasons to come.
“Both George and Tom have made an impact on the field for us since they have joined the first grade squad and they are both developing well as front rowers in the NRL,” Maguire said.
“We have plenty of competition for spots in the front row at the Rabbitohs and they have both shown that they belong in the company of the other front rowers we have competing for positions in the forward pack.
“I’m looking forward to working with them and watching them build their games further alongside their older brothers.”