South Sydney Rabbitohs star Tom Burgess has admitted to being interested in a move to the NFL.
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Burgess refused to sign a long-term deal with the Rabbitohs, with reports suggesting he has a deal already lined up with an American franchise.
The England Test representative last month vehemently denied the media reports, but he now admits he holds the desire to follow in Jarryd Hayne’s footsteps and make the move from the NRL to the NFL.
Although he has shown interest in the NFL, Burgess says he has not held any formal talks with any NFL club officials.
“I have shown interest in NFL for a while and I’d spoken to a few of my friends about how I’d love to go there [but] somehow it’s been turned into I’ve got a contract out there, and that’s why I’ve signed for one year with Souths,” Burgess is quoted as saying by Fairfax Media.
“That’s not the case, there’s nothing there yet and I’ve not spoken to anyone. It is something I definitely wouldn’t turn my nose up at, I’d look into it but there’s nothing there currently.
“That one year [contract] was just because I’m still young and I’d like to think I’m still growing as a player. I can’t estimate where I’m going to be at in one year really.”
Former Parramatta Eels star Jarryd Hayne signed a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in March, however he still faces a fight to make the cut for the 49ers’ 53-man squad for the 2015/16 NFL season.