England international George Burgess will definitely remain at South Sydney in 2019, the club have confirmed.
The 26-year-old, whose contract at the Rabbitohs expires at the end of the season, reportedly received interest from Parramatta Eels earlier in the off-season.
And reports from Down Under have suggested the Eels made a second offer for Burgess, but the Rabbitohs have silenced speculation.
A club spokesperson said: “George Burgess is contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs until the end of the 2019 season and will be playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs throughout the 2019 season.
“Neither George Burgess nor his management have requested a release from the remainder of his contract, and George has indicated that he wants to play for the Rabbitohs in 2019.
“Equally, the Rabbitohs are excited to see what George can produce on field in 2019.
“The Rabbitohs will not making any further statements regarding this speculation.”