This article first appeared on the dailytelegraph.com.au.
FOR most of his South Sydney teammates, this will be the first time they read about the incredible, inspiring childhood of new teammate Braidon Burns.
The talented 20-year-old, who will line up on the wing in Sunday’s Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium, has not told many of his Rabbitohs comrades how he has beaten the odds to be on the verge of his first-grade debut.
As he prepared for his first taste of senior football, he did not hold back on the gritty details when asked by the The Daily Telegraph to tell his story.
His father, Jonathan Silver, is in Long Bay prison for armed robbery and drugs charges.
Tanya Burns, his mother, is locked up in Silverwater for the same offences, but still writes letters to her eldest son.
“They went down the wrong path when they were young, made some bad decisions, and it’s impacted on me and my younger brother (Dray),’’ Burns said.
“We distanced ourselves from them and tried to let them sort their stuff out.
“When they get out of jail, which will be some time later this year, we’ll be happy to help them.
“They call every now and then. I still love them. I last spoke to Dad about four months ago, Mum was a bit longer, but she writes me letters.
“I saw it all growing up."