George Burgess announces immediate retirement, aged 30

Josh McAllister
George Burgess St George Illawarra Dragons PA

Former Super League, NRL and England prop forward George Burgess has announced his immediate retirement from the sport, aged 30.

The Dewsbury-born player shared his decision via social media over the weekend, confirming that injuries have ended his career prematurely.

Burgess won the NRL Premiership with South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014 and made 153 appearances in the competition.

He had signed a two-year deal with St George Illawarra Dragons but last month was released from the final year or his contract. He made four appearances for the club, and featured in the New South Wales Cup.

The forward won the Dally M Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and made 15 appearances for England. He also represented England Knights twice.

He featured for Wigan in 2020 before departing on medial grounds, having made eight appearances in 2020.

George Burgess announces retirement via social media

Burgess wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that I officially announce my retirement from rugby league. It has been a dream come true to live out my boyhood dream and represent my family and country through my time especially at South Sydney Rabbitohs and England.

“Unfortunately, injuries ended my career before I would’ve liked but I am a happy man walking away from this beautiful game with my achievements. I want to thank all my coaches and team mates over the years who have helped me, along with my loving family and wife.

“Over and out.”

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