It shows that the club is resigned to losing the man they call the ‘Coal Train’, Dave Taylor – but they have acted swiftly, securing the services of talented Broncos second-rower Ben Te’o, on a 3-year deal starting next season.
The deal will see Te’o remain with the club until the end of the 2015 NRL season, with the Bunnies now Te’o’s third club – following a previous stint with the Wests Tigers, before playing for his current club, the Brisbane Broncos.
For Bunnies coach Michael Maguire, he is pleased at the addition of a talented and experienced second-rower to the side, and is looking forward to seeing him in action next year.
â€œIâ€™ve met with Ben and heâ€™s a highly motivated young man who wants to achieve great heights in Rugby League,â€ Coach Maguire said.
â€œHeâ€™s prepared to work hard to achieve his and the teamâ€™s goals, in terms of premiership success and playing representative football, and itâ€™s this drive and work ethic that led us to approaching him about joining the Rabbitohs for the next three years and beyond.
â€œHe will add experience and power to our pack in attack and defence and weâ€™re looking forward to welcoming him to South Sydney next year.â€
Paul White, the Broncos CEO says that whilst the club is disappointed to see Te’o leave, they do understand his reasoning behind a new challenge.
“While we are disappointed that Ben is leaving in 2013, we understand his decision and we wish him all the best,” said White.
“We also know that his ongoing performance and contribution for our club in 2012 will only build on the very strong relationships he has here at the Broncos.”