I left my heart with the Rabbitohs in Redfern: Burgess

SAM Burgess might have achieved his dream of representing England at the recent Rugby World Cup, but in his heart he was always a rugby league player.

That is why he's delighted to be back in Redfern, ready for another pre-season with the Rabbitohs after a year's absence.

Burgess signed a lucrative three-year contract with the Bunnies, leading Raiders chief executive Don Furner to express concern if it transpired the NRL was helping to keep the big Englishman under the salary cap.

But those concerns were briefly forgotten at Burgess's press conference, where the 26-year-old said he was delighted to return to a club so close to his heart.

"I'm here for a long time now. I love South Sydney, I never questioned looking elsewhere at any of the clubs," Burgess said.

"I would find it very hard to put a different shirt on.

"I love this club, the experiences I had here over the five seasons I played are unbelievable."

After arriving back in Sydney yesterday, Burgess (pictured) was quick to stress he also enjoyed representing his native England in the 15-man code, but in the back of his mind he couldn't keep his back turned on rugby league.

"It's different training, so I think it improves me as an athlete all round," he said.

"I enjoyed the sport but I think deep down rugby league gave me something different to rugby union."

South Sydney CEO John Lee was also excited about Burgess's return, saying it was great for the game.

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