Rabbitohs Captain Sam Burgess is impressed with the calibre of young talent in the South Sydney side and is confident they can create a competitive depth in the squad. After a strong performance from young players such as Murray, Crichton, Graham, Fuimaono and Musgrove against the Dragons, Burgess is confident their talent will continue to show this Thursday against the Bulldogs.
With the likes of Cameron Murry, Angus Crichton, Campbell Graham, Zane Musgrove and Tyrell Fuimaono all in Maguire’s sights for Thursday’s game, Burgess is confident if they stick to their structure and keep up their work rate up Souths will produce another solid performance.
That work rate was on show at the SCG last Friday with 540 metres of the team’s 1810 metres covered by players aged under 22.
“We saw Campbell Graham on the weekend alongside Cameron Murray and Angus Crichton. Angus has been playing all season and if you think back to last year he got a bit of an opportunity towards the back end of the year in a similar situation,” said Burgess.
“It has helped his progression throughout this season and I think if we can do that throughout the last 4 games of the season with some other young boys; we have some great potential, and that helps us see what we have for next year.
“It’s really exciting. I love seeing the young talent come through the Club and here at Souths we do a great job looking after our young players and make sure they come through a good system.”
Responding to questions about his form in 2017, Sam cites the position of his team on the NRL ladder but has been happy with areas of his game. More importantly to the Captain is stringing together good team performance’s in our remaining four fixtures.
“My form’s been alright, I basically judge my form on the team’s form so obviously where we are sitting on the ladder is not where we want to be so you could take a lot of responsibility from that,” said Burgess.
“It could be better in areas but it certainly pleasing in other areas as well. We are still going to enjoy and focus on the last four games of the season now and hopefully get a few wins in there and continue to enjoy creating memories together.
“We have guys leaving at the end of the season, so it’s about enjoying it as much as we can for the next four weeks. We are always tinkering with a few things in our game, I think we were a bit better with our ball completion coming out of yardage over this weekend so we will look to continue that this week.”
With talk in the media about John Sutton’s playing future, Sam feels Sutton’s presence on and off the field is an important part of the Souths culture. Burgess speaks from experience after witnessing the impact Sutton has had on the emerging Rabbitohs players this season.
“He is great around the young boys, he’s an important part of the Club and he lives and breathes Souths Sydney. I would love to see him back next year and I think he is close to agreeing, hopefully the big fella stays on,” said Burgess.
“I would like to see him here next year and would love to see him get an opportunity to hit the 300 mark.
"For a Club with so much history we don’t have a player who has done that and I don’t think anyone is going to get close for a long time and he is playing great football.”