We’re not finished just yet, by George
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.