Rugby League 2022 Rabbitohs Rumours, Signings and News

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Cook turned 31 today----he'll be 32 when his contract expires---I definitely wouldn't re-sign him beyond 2023---AR was punted due to his age---this now applies to Cook even though he is super-fit----he probably won't get any better---we need to put our faith into Mamouzelos as our future !!
 

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Cook turned 31 today----he'll be 32 when his contract expires---I definitely wouldn't re-sign him beyond 2023---AR was punted due to his age---this now applies to Cook even though he is super-fit----he probably won't get any better---we need to put our faith into Mamouzelos as our future !!
Cook doesn’t seem to be carrying as many niggles as Reyno though mate 32 isn’t old some play to 34-36 years old. We can’t just get rid of all our 30 yr old plus players that’s a stupid strategy and you lose lots of experience. This year so far has shown how much we miss Wayne and also how we miss Reyno for his leadership and keeping the group happy etc…….. you can’t buy experience mate let it all go we will have some dark years ahead of us mark my words down….
 
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The expansion of the rule with dummy halves is probably the next immortal...Cam Smith. Ok - Benny -----lol! He screwed the field goal..lol!
 

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Souths’ GRAND PLAN FOR COOK

South Sydney are preparing to make Damien Cook a Rabbitoh for life after meeting with the star’s agent on Monday.

The Rabbitohs are in the process of offering Cook a two-year contract extension, despite the NSW hooker having 12 months left on his deal.

The deal would take Cook, who turned 32 on Thursday, through to the end of the 2025 season. South Sydney boss Blake Solly met Cook’s agent Mario Tartak on Monday to outline the plan. The Rabbitohs also hope to keep Cook at the club beyond his playing career.

It is understood Cook’s camp are hoping to secure a three-year deal.

Cook confirmed negotiations have begun.

Souths are set to offer Damien Cook a two-year contract extension. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Souths are set to offer Damien Cook a two-year contract extension. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

“They have started,” Cook said. “I spoke to my manager a couple of weeks ago before Origin started because I didn’t want anything to do with it while this was happening.

“I also spoke to the coach as well and the club, so they know where I want to be.

“I love the club, they know that so now I can just leave it between the club and the management. He’ll keep me updated but I have told him not to tell me anything during camp and to keep it to himself.”

The Rabbitohs have a host of big-names who will become free agents come November 1.

They have already begun talks with Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker, Lachlan Ilias and Davvy Moale.




Damien Cook staying gonna be a 2 yr extension well done Souths yes he has some faults but he’s becoming a leader at our club and he always puts in which is what being a Bunny is all about I’m so proud of him I have a tear in my eye S J S J callmack1 callmack1 CCCCOOOOOOOOKKKKIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
 
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Good news we've offered Cook two years and not one. I think two is very, very fair in this situation and I hope Cookie accepts!

Tom Burgess is the first and last Burgess to reach 200 NRL appearances after being with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for almost a decade.

The hulking forward was the last Burgess to join Russell Crowe’s revolution in Sydney back in 2013, but Tom has become one of the most impressive overseas players to make it in the Australian competition.

And, despite having another year to run on his Souths deal, the 30-year-old confirmed his UK-based manager Chris Caisley is busy gauging potential interest in Tom from rival clubs.


“I still have another year to go, but it’s the business we’re in, you have to see what’s out there,” Burgess told the Sydney Morning Herald.

I don’t want to leave. But I know how it works. I’ve been lucky to be at Souths this long, my brothers didn’t get this far, and I’m thankful I’ve stayed on with Souths to get to 200 games, which is something I never thought I’d do.

Chris is looking after my best interests. He has to see what’s out there for me.

“I’m not too worried about how many more games I play. I want quality rather than quantity. Another grand final would be nice.”

Burgess also wants to make it to 300 NRL games – something which would truly etch his name into the record books.

“I’d love to get to 34 and re-assess. No Englishman has made 300 NRL games. I never limit myself. I feel good now. I want to keep going.”

Burgess is, of course, gunning for a spot in Shaun Wane’s England squad for the World Cup at the end of the year and is likely going to be a starting prop on home soil.
Surely we keep him too!!
 

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Goodbye Mamouzelos!! He's too good to wait in the wings !! A 21 yr old Sths junior with huge talent out the door ! Wayne would know him well.
I think Cook has proven he lacks what it takes in the big games !! I have a tear in my eye too but it is NOT out of happiness !!
 
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Good news we've offered Cook two years and not one. I think two is very, very fair in this situation and I hope Cookie accepts!

Surely we keep him too!!
I think 3 years is reasonable, when does Mamouzelos contract expire?
 

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Good news we've offered Cook two years and not one. I think two is very, very fair in this situation and I hope Cookie accepts!

Surely we keep him too!!
I worry we will lose Tom mate it’s what my gut is telling me
 

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I think 3 years is reasonable, when does Mamouzelos contract expire?
Mamouzelos is contracted until the end of 2024-----Cook until the end of 2023[$700K per season]-----if Cook signs for 3 extra years until the end of 2026 it puts Mamou as a back-up for 4 more years; plus this year-----if any club offered him a 1st grade posse he surely would leave---he's not going to learn much by being Cook's understudy !! Mamou is 21 & Cook is into his 32nd year !
 
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‘It’s time to pay Souths back’: Latrell ready to make up for lost time.

Latrell Mitchell is grateful that South Sydney are playing the long game with him.

The trip was a long-term investment, estimated to have cost the club about $70,000, in Mitchell at a time when it could have succumbed to pressure to immediately get its marquee man onto the field. Which is why the premiership-winning fullback is so keen to repay the “Pride of the League”.

“They have shown a lot of patience in me, a lot of perseverance,” Mitchell told the Herald. “I’m definitely keen to get back and repay that.

“It’s been a crazy journey, but South Sydney have been such a wonderful club for me. I really cherish the things they’ve done and I want to pay it forward. I want to get back and play, I’m really keen.”

Mitchell will get that opportunity when he makes his long-awaited comeback against Parramatta at Accor Stadium on July 2. There were hopes the 25-year-old could have been back sooner, potentially in time to be available for selection in State of Origin II. However, a bout of COVID-19 has delayed his return.

“Twelve weeks of watching footy, it’s ridiculous,” Mitchell said. “I feel helpless not being able to help my mates out. It’s probably a glimmering light [the Covid timing]; rather than play for three weeks of good footy and then go down for a week with it and then take two weeks to get back on board, this is a positive.”

Mitchell spent two weeks with Knowles, who put the fullback through a series of games, drills and exercises to study his movement patterns and detect any areas of concern. Mitchell left with a new-found confidence in his body and a prehab program he believes will reduce the chances of further stints on the sidelines.

“He’s a cool cat, he just does things that no one else does,” Mitchell said of Knowles. “It works for him and it works for me. Personally, I’ve grown as an athlete and a trainer as well. I’m really excited to keep the stuff that I’ve learnt and keep working on that, implementing that into the way I play the game.

“Some of the things are beneficial and it’s just about practising them now and putting them towards the craft I have.”

Mitchell’s training day now begins about an hour before that of his teammates, time he uses to go through an “individualised routine” of stretches and drills.

“I get there early, I’m pretty much the first one there,” Mitchell said at a promotion for the Battle of the Brothers, a boxing showdown between the siblings of world title contender Tim Tszyu and former world champion Jeff Horn.

“I need to make sure I’m doing my mobility stretching and all of my strength stuff to prepare myself for the day of training. That’s the challenge now, to keep all the stuff I learnt and break that injury barrier. I reckon I’m on the verge of doing that.

“We’ve got really good medical staff and great people in my life who have helped me along the way.”

Asked if the knowledge garnered from his overseas trip will make him a better footballer, Mitchell said: “I don’t know, I haven’t played in 12 weeks. It’s exciting to see how I put all this stuff I’m doing at training into my game. I’m definitely keen to see me pay it forward.”

Mitchell hasn’t been idle while on the sidelines. The former Rooster has launched a clothing brand, Winmarra, a chance to get in touch with his entrepreneurial side.

“It’s connected to a significant meaning,” Mitchell said of the brand. “For me, it’s about getting back home to Taree, that’s my connection. That’s the feeling around this brand, feeling connected to what you believe in.

“If that’s family, that’s where you’re from, that’s where your beliefs are. I enjoy it because I get to see people wear it at games.”
 
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Murray is calling Sam early next week to try convince him to not go with Wayne as we need him.
 
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