The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing
of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs
history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th
season playing in the NRL.
Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of
the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any
other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian
Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as
captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern
day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than
anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron
Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai,
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep
and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam
Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL
level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute
to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some
time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a
premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young
players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in
his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any
role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...