Sam Burgess is set to retire from the NRL, with South Sydney expected to make the announcement this arvo.

According to Newscorp, the Rabbitohs skipper will be retired on medical grounds due to a chronic shoulder injury. Earlier this month, Burgess was forced to pull out of the Great Britain Lions tour due to his shoulder issues.

His club was hoping to support him through one more season, however it appears the skipper’s injury has taken its toll.

Just yesterday, NRL boss Todd Greenberg said he hoped Burgess would continue to play.

“He’s been an ornament to the NRL in the way that he carries himself on the field, ” Greenberg said during the 2020 NRL draw. 

“I know he’s got himself into some trouble occasionally with judiciary and match reviews, but he’s the sort of player people want to watch.

“He’s the sort of player I like to watch. I find him an unbelievable competitor on the field so I hope to see him back.”

Burgess re-signed with the Souths at the end of 2018 on a deal reportedly worth around $1 million a season until the end of 2023.

For many, Burgess is believed to be one of the greatest forwards in Rugby League. He has played 182 games for his club since donning the colours in 2010.

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