Sam Burgess reveals his shock new career move

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Sam Burgess reveals his shock new career move as he returns to the spotlight following personal battles

Sam Burgess is getting into the jerky business. 

The former NRL star, 33, spoke to The Daily Telegraph on Monday revealing he has partnered with brother Luke for the business. 

The two brothers have joined forces with Dan and Hans Vanderdonk to become part owners of Orara Valley Jerky from Coffs Harbour. 

All business: Former NRL star Sam Burgess, 33, (pictured) has revealed his shock new career move into the jerky business as he returns to the spotlight following personal battles

All business: Former NRL star Sam Burgess, 33, (pictured) has revealed his shock new career move into the jerky business as he returns to the spotlight following personal battles

The venture was started in 2007 by Dan and Hans parents, with the foursome now giving it a renewed push in the hospitality space.       

‘I had never really had jerky before but I tried Dan’s and I was obsessed. I would dream of it and wake up at midnight to eat some,’ Sam said. 

The star went on to admit he would eat so much he got a ‘sore jaw’ before asking Dan if he could get onboard with the business.  

Brothers in business: The former NRL star, 33, spoke to The Daily Telegraph on Monday revealing he has partnered with brother Luke for the business. Pictured with their mother, Julie

Brothers in business: The former NRL star, 33, spoke to The Daily Telegraph on Monday revealing he has partnered with brother Luke for the business. Pictured with their mother, Julie

 ‘I asked Dan if I could get on board and grow the business because I wanted to get the product out there,’ he added. 

As well as the two sets of brothers, Axemen player Ryan Gill is also onboard. The boys already have a distribution deal with Global Foods. 

The boys are now selling more than 12,000 bags of the jerky each week, up from 900 before the Burgess boys got involved.  

Success: The boys are now selling more than 12,000 bags of the jerky each week, up from 900 before the Burgess boys got involved. Sam here with kids: Billy, two, and Poppy, four

Success: The boys are now selling more than 12,000 bags of the jerky each week, up from 900 before the Burgess boys got involved. Sam here with kids: Billy, two, and Poppy, four

It comes after a tumultuous time for Sam who was cleared by the NRL of domestic violence last month raised by his ex Phoebe in a series of newspaper articles.  

Phoebe had accused the retired South Sydney star of domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse during their marriage, which ended in acrimony in late 2019.

The allegations were published in The Australian newspaper in October 2020 and denied vehemently by Burgess at the time.  

Personal: It comes after a tumultuous time for Sam who was cleared by the NRL of domestic violence last month raised by his ex Phoebe in a series of newspaper articles

Personal: It comes after a tumultuous time for Sam who was cleared by the NRL of domestic violence last month raised by his ex Phoebe in a series of newspaper articles

Having spent more than 12 months looking at the claims New South Wales Police confirmed its investigation was over last October in a 12-word statement.

‘Following extensive inquiries, no further police action is expected to be taken’ it read. 

Phoebe has said she wanted to expose a toxic culture in the NRL which she claimed included covering up bad behaviour by players, particularly against women.

Troubles: Burgess underwent a stint in rehabilitation last year and appeared on SAS Australia (pictured) where he admitted infidelity with a woman in Melbourne in 2017

Troubles: Burgess underwent a stint in rehabilitation last year and appeared on SAS Australia (pictured) where he admitted infidelity with a woman in Melbourne in 2017

Sam appeared on the last season of SAS Australia where he admitted infidelity with a woman in Melbourne in 2017.

Sam and Phoebe married in 2015, separated in late 2018 and resumed their relationship in early 2019.

They split permanently on October 2 that year and later divorced. The former couple shares custody of daughter Poppy, four, and Billy, two.

Over: Sam and Phoebe Burgess were married in 2015, separated in late 2018 and resumed their relationship in early 2019. They split in October that year. They  are pictured in 2016

Over: Sam and Phoebe Burgess were married in 2015, separated in late 2018 and resumed their relationship in early 2019. They split in October that year. They  are pictured in 2016

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