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2015 Key Signings: South Sydney Rabbitohs

After ending a 43-year drought in 2014, the South Sydney Rabbitohs enter 2015 minus their best forward in Sam Burgess, and all-time leading try-scorer in Nathan Merritt, although Merritt had seemingly fallen out of favour at the club. They have also lost hard hitting backrower Ben Teo and veteran winger Lote Tuqiri who enjoyed a return to his best during the back half of the season. In come Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles veteran Glenn Stewart as the marquee signing, along with former NSW prop Tim Grant, as well as relative unknowns Cody Walker and Sione Masima.

Glenn Stewart
After 12 seasons, 2 premierships and 185 games for the Sea Eagles, Glenn Stewart moves to the Rabbitohs after salary cap pressures prevented his former club from offering him a decent deal. He brings a winning culture with him, part of the Sea Eagles’ dominance over the last decade, as well as experience at higher levels, with 5 games for NSW and Australia, 2 games for country and one game for the Prime Ministers’ XIII. He is however coming off a season restricted to just 6 games due to an ongoing ankle injury so he could be seen as a bit of a risky signing at 30 years of age.

Tim Grant
Like Stewart, Tim Grant is coming off a season he’d rather forget. The former NSW prop spent much of the year languishing in the NSW Cup and will be keen to return to his best. With George Burgess locked in for one front row spot, Grant will battle it out with the likes of Thomas Burgess for the other spot and the challenge should bring out the best in him. At just 26, his best years are ahead of him and perhaps a change of scenery will be the best thing for him.

Cody Walker
His career at his new club hasn’t started well, stood down over allegations of domestic violence but Walker showed enough playing for the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup to impress Michael Maguire. He was the 2013 player of the year for the entire competition and will put plenty of pressure on Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary. His best option would be to ply his trade in the NSW Cup for the North Sydney Bears and look to cement a utility role on the bench.

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