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Bulls' George Burgess joins brother Sam in Australia

George Burgess
George Burgess is one of four rugby league playing brothers from Leeds

Teenage Bradford prop George Burgess has left Odsal to head down under and join big brother Sam at South Sydney.

The 18-year-old Leeds-born prop, who is yet to make his Super League debut, has secured a release from the two years remaining on his contract.

Burgess, whose twin brother Tom remains at Odsal, will play in the Under-20s Toyota Cup but train full-time along with the Rabbitohs' first team squad.

"I can't wait to make the move and get started at the Rabbitohs," he said.

"Sam has been raving about the Rabbitohs and living in Sydney all year so I'm looking forward to coming out and training and playing in Australia.

"I'm grateful to Bradford for the opportunities they've given me over the past few years and also the release to come to Australia and play with the Rabbitohs.

"I'm very excited about pulling on the red and green jersey and getting started on my career at Souths."

Burgess's transfer - for a fee believed to be around £25,000 - includes a clause giving the Bulls first option to re-sign him if he decides to return to England.

The Burgess brothers are all talented footballers and we're delighted to have two of them playing for the Rabbitohs

South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson

But twin brother Tom rejected a similar offer to join two of his brothers at the Rabbitohs.

"I suppose me and George have been viewed as a double act," he told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. "So it will be good to see how we get on now we're on our own.

"The main factor in turning it down was that I've got a big ambition to play in Super League. I really want to be involved in the English game.

"If the option comes to play in the NRL in the future, which it might do, we'll come to that then, but I don't really have any desire to play there yet."

Burgess's elder brother Luke plays for Leeds, while his late father Mark played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury and Hunslet.

He featured in England Academy's recent Test series triumph over Australian Schoolboys and is regarded as one of the best young prospects in Super League.

South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson said: "The Burgess brothers are all talented footballers and we're delighted to have two of the boys playing for the Rabbitohs over the next two years.

"George is a great prospect. We'll work with him and aim to develop him into an NRL footballer in the red and green."

Burgess junior will be bidding to become the sixth Englishman to ply his trade in the NRL in 2011.

England forward Gareth Ellis and former Wigan back rower Mark Flanagan are at Wests Tigers, former Halifax academy full-back Gareth Widdop is with Melbourne and Bradford second rower Michael Worrincy has joined Penrith.



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