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Steven Marsters, anyone know anything about him?
All I know is that he was playing Canterbury Cup this year while still eligible for 20’s. He was rated highly by the dragons a couple of years ago but has come back this preseason overweight and unmotivated. Has a lot of talent though and I think he just needs to find that fire again.
 

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From Sporting News,

George Burgess: Wayne Bennett confirms forward's departure from South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has confirmed that George Burgess will not be a part of the club in 2020.

Burgess made his NRL debut in round 12 for South Sydney in 2012, having played 147 games for the club.

Since his debut, he has become a cult hero at the club alongside brothers Sam and Tom, guiding the side to their first NRL Premiership in 43 years in 2014.

However, his contract is set to finish up at the end of the year, with Bennett confirming the long-suspected belief that the English international would not be re-signed by the club.

"George won't be here next year, that was determined a long time ago, long before anything else happened," Bennett said to the media on Friday.

Burgess is currently serving a nine-game suspension after being charged with an eye-gouge against Robbie Farah in Round 14.

The sanction has come just eight months after Burgess was suspended for four weeks after eye-gouging Roger Tuivasa-Sheck during an end of year test against New Zealand.

Whilst Bennett could not guarantee a spot for Burgess at South Sydney in 2020, the Souths and English national coach was hopeful that the prop would stay in the NRL, emphatically stating that he has a lot to give to an NRL club.

"I do, he has a lot to offer, but we have salary cap issues and that's our point, we can't go to that figure. But I do want him to stay in the NRL, he's a good figure to have around the club," Bennett stated when asked about if he should stay in the NRL.

This endorsement comes as Burgess hopes to remain in Australia, despite speculation that he will head back home to England at the end of the year.

The confirmation of his exit from Redfern ensures that he has played his last regular season game for the club, with his suspension ruling him out until the first week of the finals.
 

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I have very mixed feelings about this. One the one hand, I can see why the club would let George go because let's face it, he hasn't aimed up at all since early 2015 which is simply not good enough for his pay packet. We've given him ample opportunity to get back in form and he just hasn't. George made progress last year but that has completely disappeared again this year. Plus, with him gone, salary cap space would be relieved and we'd have a bit of wiggle room which would be great. So yea, I can see why the club would want to move him on and I agree with that.

However, George holds a special place in every South Sydney fans heart I feel. That try in the 2014 Grand Final will forever stick in my mind and it's the kind of thing I'm going to show my kids one day. George was one of the best props in the game back then byt he's just fallen of the wagon which is very, very sad.