George Burgess in talks with Rabbitohs’ rival

Former Souths star George Burgess is pushing for a return to the NRL at a non-Sydney based club.

The premiership-winning prop is feeling healthy and confident of returning to the rigours of playing NRL after successful hip surgery, according to Nine’s Danny Weidler.

A hip injury ended the 29-year-old’s stint with English club Wigan in 2020, after just eight games.

Burgess’ preference is to live outside of Sydney and his people have already held talks with the Dragons, Weidler reports.

“George Burgess is looking at an NRL comeback – not after big dollars,” Weidler tweeted.

“He feels incredible after hip surgery. Looking at living outside of Sydney. Hearing of an informal discussion with the Dragons.”

St George Illawarra have been stung by injury and suspension leading to six losses in the last seven weeks after flying out of the blocks in the opening month.

Burgess last featured in the NRL in 2019 and played eight seasons with the Rabbitohs alongside brothers Sam and Tom, winning the 2014 premiership.

Earlier this year the forward revealed he’s battled the hip problem for a decade.

“I had it my whole time at Souths, obviously it was managed a few different ways,” he said.

“Over the years it got worse gradually. I thought going to Wigan I could get it right but it’s not been great.”

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