"It is great to have Sammy back".
With those words Greg Inglis put paid to speculation that the return of Burgess from a 12-month stint in rugby union had put noses out of joint at South Sydney.
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As the Rabbitohs captain, Inglis speaks regularly to his team-mates and he said the influx of new faces during the off-season, including Burgess, had created a good vibe at the club.
"Obviously, there has been a lot of talk during the pre-season about Souths but at the end of the day we are the ones who know what is really going on there and we just brush all that stuff aside and get on with what is beneficial for South Sydney," Inglis said.
"It is good there, we have got a fair few new faces and it is great to see and great to be able to pick their brains about what they think and get some different opinions.
"Obviously with Sammy coming back, he is a strong leader within the club itself and he has got an aura about him among all of the boys.
"He is obviously one of those guys who would do anything for the team like anyone at Souths would. He is just a competitor, he wants to win everything and I think that is what makes Sam so special."
Burgess was due to make his return to the NRL opposite Inglis in Saturday night's All Stars match at Suncorp Stadium but the English forward felt he needed more time to prepare for the upcoming season.
The absence of Johnathan Thurston has enabled Inglis to take over the captaincy of the Indigenous All Stars – a role he admits he couldn't have imagined when the dream of his cousin Preston Campbell first came to reality in 2010.
"When I first came into the camp, I sat back and heard the other leaders around me and worked on myself as a leader and how I wanted to be seen but I never thought I would actually be the captain of an NRL club or get picked to be captain of this side," Inglis said.
"It is unfortunate that JT isn't here but I am excited about the chance to be captain and proud to captain the team this year. It is going to be a great week and a great weekend, full of laughs and enjoyment from going out there and interacting with people."
Now 29, Inglis explained to younger players at the NRL Indigenous Players Camp on Sunday and Monday the opportunity and responsibility they had as role models and showed the way in community events during the two-day visit to Stradbroke Island.
"I feel like I am one of the leaders now," Inglis said. "When I first came in I was still working on myself to become a leader but in the last few years it has happened.
"For me, every day is a blessing because I get to wake up and do the job that I love, I get to go to training, see the boys and have a laugh with them and obviously reap the benefits of coming into camps like this.
"We are in such a privileged position and I always try to share my stories with the younger guys."