The move ensures Souths have locked up their rising stars for the future, the likes of Sandow, Issac Luke and Beau Champion all confirmed for the next 3 NRL seasons.
Now possessing a good blend of youth and experience, the strong recruitment drive at the Bunnies over the past few years must surely play dividends. Judging by their showing last Saturday night against the Dragons, payday is closing fast for the Redfern outfit.
For Sandow, who is only 20 years old the contract extension is a dream come true. Having only arrived at the top level of NRL in 2008, the crafty no. 7 hasn’t wasted anytime in making the halfback spot his own.
Even Craig Wing has been kept at bay by the talented Sandow at no. 7 – with many expecting the Wing homecoming to result in a halfback jersey. While injuries may have helped in this instance, there can be no questioning the commitment of Sandow when he has been selected in the top grade.
When he debuted for Souths in 2008, they were in a massive hole and were struggling to win a single game. Sandow’s confidence and enthusiasm was contagious; his arrival signaling a quick fire return to the winners circle for the Bunnies.
â€œI love playing here at the Rabbitohs and I had no hesitation in re-signing with the club,” Sandow confirmed today.
“I think we have a solid team here this year and weâ€™ll be giving our best each week to win for all of our members and supporters.
“I look forward to running out in the red and green for many seasons to come.”
Bunnies boss Shane Richardson said today: “Chris is undoubtedly one of the rising stars in the game and we are delighted to have him commit to the Club until the end of 2011.
â€œChris has shown he has what it takes to make it in the NRL and we are pleased that he will be wearing the red and green for at least the next three seasons.â€
Sandow is expected to be named in the Bunnies side to take on the Roosters in Week 1 of the NRL.