Last Burgess standing ready to step into leadership breach at Redfern

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He’s never played without his brothers, never averaged over 50 minutes, and never held a leadership position at South Sydney.

But Thomas Burgess is set to do all that and more if he produces more of the same as he did in a Friday’s pre-season win over Parramatta.

Against an Eels line-up littered with NRL experience, the Rabbitohs fielded a squad mostly filled with reserve-graders and fringe first-graders.

Tom Burgess led the charge for Souths on Friday night in the absence of retired brother Sam and Super League-based twin George.Credit:NRL Photos

“I always try and lead by actions, really. But as you get a bit older, you step up a little bit and be that bit of a voice as well on the field,” he said.

The extra responsibility is likely to extend to more minutes on the field.

Having never averaged more than 45 minutes in his career, Thomas punched out around 50 minutes in his first appearance of the year on Friday.

“We didn’t really have a massive plan going into it. We just sort of went, ‘See how it goes, see how the game goes’,” he said.

“Got that stint in the first half, but I felt really good.

“I stayed out there probably a bit longer and then second half, just I think the plan was 10 minutes and then we just stayed out there.”

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