We’re not fin­ished just yet, by Ge­orge

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORTS - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

GE­ORGE Burgess is adamant this week’s elim­i­na­tion fi­nal won’t be the last time he gets to pack down with his broth­ers, Tom and Sam, at club level.

The Burgess boys are one loss away from play­ing their last match be­fore Ge­orge leaves the NRL to join English Su­per League club Wi­gan.

In a sea­son plagued by sus­pen­sion and in­jury for the broth­ers, they will get a rare op­por­tu­nity to play along­side each other this week.

“For us it’s not the last time,” Ge­orge said. “We want to keep mov­ing for­ward and we’re not think­ing about this week be­ing the last.”

Ge­orge made his re­turn from a nine-game eye-goug­ing ban dur­ing Fri­day’s loss to the Roost­ers. It was his sec­ond lengthy sus­pen­sion for eye goug­ing this year.

De­spite un­cer­tainty about his fu­ture, he said he never thought he had played his fi­nal game for the Rab­bitohs.

“It’s been all right (wait­ing to come back),” Burgess said.

“I’ve tried to keep fo­cused on what I have to do and not get too car­ried away with what’s go­ing to hap­pen and just fo­cus on my job.

“I didn’t think (whether I’d played my last game for Souths), to be hon­est. You’ve got to not think about it too much, not drive yourself crazy and make sure you’re right to go when you get a chance.

“You get thrown curve balls in your ca­reer and you’ve got to do your best to work through them.”

Burgess made just one run for 11 me­tres in his open­ing stint as the Rab­bitohs were starved of early pos­ses­sion.

His sec­ond stint was a lit­tle bet­ter but it was ob­vi­ous he’d spent weeks on the side­lines.

“(Coach Wayne Ben­nett) told me pretty early in the week (he’d start),” Burgess said. “I was happy to start and I’ve just got to keep work­ing on my match fitness and do­ing the right things dur­ing the week.”

Tom also made his re­turn from a long lay-off through in­jury in a game Sam missed be­cause of his hair-pulling ban.

“Sam has been good,” Ge­orge said. “He’s the cap­tain and he leads us on and off the field. “Even though he wasn’t play­ing he’s been do­ing ev­ery­thing for the team and he’ll be ready to go.”

Ge­orge Burgess in his re­turn.

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