Rabbitohs fans will be pleased, as one of their favourites in Beau Champion will return to the club for the next 2 years, after signing a deal to return to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Champion, who apparently did not want to leave in the first place, spent the last two years playing for both the Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans.
Able to play both at wing and in the centres, Champion has played in 95 NRL games to date (70 of those for the Bunnies), and is excited at the opportunity to return to where it all began for him.
â€œIâ€™m over the moon at having the opportunity to return to South Sydney, the Club where my career began, the team which I supported as a kid, and the Club which Iâ€™ve always dreamed of playing for,â€ Champion said.
â€œI appreciate everything the people at the Titans and Storm have done for me over the past two years, and I think my time at both Clubs have made me a better player and better person.
â€œHowever, now that an opportunity has come up to rejoin Souths, I canâ€™t miss the chance to return to the Club.
â€œThe Club has taken some big strides forward since I was last there and Iâ€™m looking forward to being part of a renewed South Sydney, and representing the district and the Members once again.â€
Champion, who was the sort of centre that Souths were looking for, will have his work cut out to play given the depth in the squad, but Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire is excited to have someone of Champion's experience to choose from.
â€œBeau is a very experienced NRL player who has the South Sydney team and the Club as his central focus,â€ Maguire said.
â€œHe understands what weâ€™re trying to achieve here and the culture weâ€™re building, and weâ€™re very happy to be able to add a player of his ability to our squad at this stage of the pre-season.
â€œBeauâ€™s inclusion to our squad increases the challenge for spots in our first grade team, which is always good for performance and team development.
â€œBeau is South Sydney through-and-through and weâ€™re sure he will produce some of his best football with us over the next two seasons and beyond.â€