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Sam Burgess extends Rabbitohs contract
17:53 AEST Fri Aug 17 2012

South Sydney have continued their flurry of re-signings by extending the NRL contract of star forward Sam Burgess for three more years.

The English international will remain at Redfern until at least the end of 2016 after committing to the new deal on Friday.

Burgess is enjoying one of his best patches of form for the Rabbitohs with injury restricting the 23-year-old to just 42 NRL games since making his debut in 2010.

The latest signing news is a great boost for the finals-bound Rabbitohs, who can almost ensure a top-four finish with a win over Cronulla on Saturday.

Rookie halfback Adam Reynolds on Thursday was rewarded for his outstanding breakout season with a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Redfern until at least the end of 2015.

At the start of last week, Burgess's younger brother George re-signed until the end of 2014 and his twin brother Thomas agreed to move from English Super League club Bradford for next season.

"I absolutely love playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs," Burgess said.

"I'm loving the lifestyle here in Sydney ... and to have my brothers and Mum here with me next year makes it even more special."

Souths coach Michael Maguire was excited about having one of the game's most damaging forwards commit long-term to the club.

"He's a world class player and displays strong leadership qualities every day which is important to us as a team," said Maguire.

"He's a big part of what were building here at Souths and as we look to the future, he's the type of player you can build your team and club around."

"It's great to have all four Burgess brothers with us next season as well."


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