Sam Burgess is set to undertake his inaugural role as a senior head coach, having been assigned to take charge at Warrington. The appointment comes on the heels of Justin Holbrook declining the offer with Burgess eagerly stepping in to fill the coaching shoes starting next season.
Rumours of Burgess being a surprising candidate for the job first surfaced via this publication, and now the negotiations have been concluded successfully. The former South Sydney star agreed to a two-year term.
Commenting on his upcoming tenure, Burgess remarked, “My journey has come full circle, from my Super League days to now being given the opportunity to helm this amazing team. It’s an opportunity I wholeheartedly embrace and I’m eager to get started.
Conveying his gratitude, Burgess acknowledged Simon Moran, Stuart Middleton, and Karl Fitzpatrick from Wolves, adding, “Thanks for your bravery and cooperation. I’m thrilled about my return to England and the chance to coach such a distinguished club.”
He further extended his appreciation towards Russell Crowe, Blake Solly, Jason Demetriou, and other South Sydney stakeholders saying, “Thanks for backing me in accepting this new role. There’s still great football left to be played this year and my immediate focus is working alongside our existing staff and squad.”
Despite being urged by Wayne Bennett to sign with the Dolphins, Burgess chose to make a subsequent return to South Sydney this year. He spent the previous season at the helm of the Orara Valley Axemen, who finished runners-up in the Group 2 Grand Final in northern NSW.
In spite of having another year remaining on his Rabbitohs contract, Burgess has chosen the path of coaching Warrington.