Sam Burgess has told Bath that he wants to return to rugby league in Australia in the latest blow to follow England’s World Cup debacle.
Reports Down Under have linked the 26-year-old with a comeback for the side he inspired to the NRL title last year, South Sydney Rabbitohs. Burgess’s experiences in union have apparently left him profoundly disillusioned and determined to revert to his original code.
Burgess is due back in training with Bath on Monday as he waits to see if a financial settlement can be reached.
The man whose inclusion in England’s World Cup squad provoked such debate and uproar in some quarters is currently out of the country having a short break.
He was given two weeks off by Bath head coach Mike Ford but, despite speculation that he has been sent away to consider his future, a source has revealed that he has already ‘laid his cards on the table’.
Last year’s beaten Aviva Premiership finalists will not allow their best-paid player to just walk away when he is contracted until June 2017. Managing director Tarquin McDonald is said to have stated that Bath would only consider releasing Burgess, who is thought to earn around £500,000 a year, if they receive a substantial transfer fee.