Retaining the unsung heroes of a forward pack are what bring the team together and the South Sydney Rabbitohs have re-signed two such players.
Although Thomas Burgess and Dave Tyrrell are not the first two players you immediately think of when looking at the Souths forward pack, they play their role and they do it well.
Both forwards have re-signed – Tyrrell until the end of the 2017 season and Burgess until the end of the 2016 season.
Since making his debut in 2008, Tyrrell has played in 114 NRL games and has long been an unsung hero in the Souths pack since he cemented a starting spot.
He loves the club and was pleased to be able to sign the deal and extend his stay at Souths.
â€œIâ€™m really happy to have my contract extended as I love playing for this Club with this group of players,â€ Tyrrell said.
â€œI started at Souths in the under 20s back in 2008 and this extension will take me to ten seasons with the Club.
â€œThatâ€™s something Iâ€™m very proud of and weâ€™ll all be working hard to continue to achieve the things we have over recent seasons.â€
As for Burgess, he is obviously the twin of fellow Souths prop George Burgess and the younger brother of Luke and Sam Burgess.
Although he had a slow start to his NRL career, things have taken off in 2015 for him, with 31 NRL games to his name so far.
He was also excited to re-sign and knows that there are exciting times ahead as a Bunnies player.
â€œIâ€™m really excited about signing on for another year with the Rabbitohs,â€ Burgess said.
â€œIâ€™m really enjoying my time with the Club, weâ€™ve got a great set of lads here, and in the end the decision to stay is what I think is best for my career.
â€œI want to create more memories at this Club and Iâ€™m really looking forward to whatâ€™s ahead, starting with the game against the Cowboys this Monday night.â€
Equally pleased that the forward duo have stayed on, is coach Michael Maguire. With Tyrrell and Burgess crucial parts of the Bunnies forward rotation, the combinations can continue into next season.
â€œThis is great news for us as a Club and weâ€™re all very happy to know that Dave and Tom will be with us for an extended period,â€ Coach Maguire said.
â€œDave is one of the workhorses of our pack and lays a platform for our team every week without fail.
â€œHeâ€™s shown over many years that he has what it takes to play consistently in the NRL and his efforts every week are not lost on his team mates, the coaching staff and our Members.
â€œTom is improving in his game every week and is proving to be a valuable member of our forward rotation in the middle of the field.
Their efforts on and off the field have impressed Maguire and he looks forward to seeing what they can do as players in the years to come.
â€œBoth Dave and Tom are great characters to have around the team and represent us well on and off the field,” said Maguire.
â€œWeâ€™re all very happy to have them on board for the seasons to come and look forward to seeing them grow as players and men in the years to come.â€