Talented Souths hooker to head West

Apisai Koroisau

Players thrive on opportunity and for young Souths half Apisai Koroisau, knowing that he is behind the likes of Issac Luke meant he had to explore different options.

For the talented young hooker, he found a new home and that will be at the foot of the mountains with the Penrith Panthers, signing a 2-year deal with the club.

With the likelihood that current captain Kevin Kingston retires at the end of the season, the club will need a new back-up hooker.

With Koroisau available, they pounced and the club is excited to have him on board from next season.

“Apisai is a welcome addition to the Panthers family for 2015,” said Panthers General Manager, Phil Moss.

“He has speed, agility and representative football experience and he will play a key role in our team structure in the years to come.”

Although he is leaving at the end of the year, Koroisau knows his job with Souths is not done yet.

“I’m happy to have things sorted out with my contract, but that is for me to think about in 2015,” Koroisau said.

“I still have a job to do here at Souths for the rest of the season and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure I play a part in it being a successful season.

Learning from Luke has been a great boost for the young hooker and he hopes to use those experiences as a means of propelling his career forward.

“I’ve learnt so much from the coaching staff and team mates like Issac Luke over the past few seasons and I want to make sure I put all of that into practice for the rest of this season,” said Koroisau.

“I love playing in front of the great Rabbitohs Members and I’m looking forward to doing my best for them for the rest of this year.”

The Bunnies are disappointed to see Koroisau leave but know that opportunity is an attractive lure for young players especially.

“It will be a shame to see such a talented young player move on at the end of the year, someone who we’ve seen grow into an NRL-standard player over recent years,” Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

“He has a great opportunity at Penrith which he wants to pursue and we wish him the best of luck with that next season.

“We have a lot of work to do this year to achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves as a group and Api is a big part of those plans.

“As a team we’ll enjoy playing and working alongside him for the rest of this season and hopefully send him out on a high note.”

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