Sam Burgess is the injury-plagued captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs who has reportedly been served up an offer of $3.6 million to retire. The Englishman has struggled to recover from the third shoulder surgery he underwent a few months ago that left him with an infection and only 25% bone in his shoulder.
The 30-year-old still has three years on his contract, but if the injury can’t be fixed he may be forced into early retirement. Paying out his contract is no small feat, and the Rabbitohs are applying to the NRL to scrap this money from the club’s salary cap, standard operating procedure for medical retirements.
Souths are familiar with the process after getting Greg Inglis’ (significant) contract pay-out removed from their salary cap when he retired earlier this year. Controversy shadowed this decision as a medical retirement must be the result of a new injury, and it was well-known that Inglis had struggled with injuries in recent seasons, casting doubt over the legitimacy of his claim.
Retirement is a big decision, particularly when so many zeros are involved. Burgess will need to weigh that up against the pain that racks his body when he runs out on the field.