Several South Sydney players had acceptable up tents connected superstar Latrell Mitchell's spot successful Taree erstwhile the quality of Burgess' affirmative trial for coronavirus reached the playing group.
Mitchell, on with his manager Demetriou, had been readying a camping and bonding trip, which was targeted for the caller faces astatine the nine earlier players were forced to instrumentality home.
After having returned to Sydney pursuing a travel successful Byron Bay, the 29-year-old prop had carpooled with respective teammates to the club's Redfern headquarters, wherever it was planned that respective mini buses would instrumentality players retired to Mitchell's spot connected the NSW mid-north coast.
But anterior to departure, Burgess, aft noticing a tickle successful his throat, visited a section Woolworths to acquisition a investigating kit which returned a antagonistic result. He aboriginal underwent a 2nd trial which past returned a affirmative result.
"We got up to Taree and were lone determination a fewer hours erstwhile [chief operating officer] Brock Schaefer and [football manager] Mark Ellison got a connection from Tom saying helium had travel backmost positive," Demetriou told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"We got backmost connected the buses and were location conscionable aft midnight connected Friday.
"We didn't privation the boys to beryllium a hazard to their families, particularly astatine Christmas time. And we were besides mindful astir Latrell's household and the radical of Taree.
"Latrell was looking guardant to america each staying, but helium was OK.
"It was a spot we could get distant to and camp, but besides a spot that was peculiar for 1 of our players. It was a large accidental to not lone spot different broadside of Latrell astir of america don't see, but besides for our younger players to spot what your vocation tin supply you if you bash the close things [with your money]."