Rabbitohs sign talented QLD youngster

Mitchell Buckett

There have been some complains that their back-line depth is rather thin, but the South Sydney Rabbitohs have sought to rectify that – signing talented Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles winger/centre Mitchell Buckett, to a 2-year deal, starting in 2013.

Buckett, 20, comes from the Queensland area of Caboolture, and is a qualified carpenter by trade – as he comes with some kudos behind him, having won the Sunshine Colts Player of the Year in 2011, that saw him earn a trial with the Manly Sea Eagles.

Whilst it is not going to be easy for Buckett to break into the first-grade line-up, he will have the chance to show the NRL world and Rabbitohs fans what he can do, should he be named in the club’s Return to Redfern trial game.

Michael Maguire, Souths coach, is pleased to have the talented youngster on board.

“Our Recruitment Manager Mark Hughes went to have a look at him recently on the back of some promising reports from our eyes in Queensland, and we made an offer to Mitch based on what we’ve seen of his performances for the Sunshine Coast,” Coach Maguire said.

“He’s very much in the Matt King mould – tall, rangy and can find a second burst of pace. He’s aggressive in defence and attack, and we’re keen to see what he can produce following a full pre-season with us, leading into Christmas and in the New Year.”

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