Not many may agree with his past actions and what he was involved in – and rightfully so – but after being given the opportunity to return to rugby league, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have retained one of their promising first-graders in Kirisome Auva’a.
The centre has re-signed at the club for the next three seasons and since making his debut in Round Six of 2014, Auva’a has played in 26 games for the club.
Despite some recent exploits off the field that saw him play very little of the 2015 season, head coach Michael Maguire is pleased to see them retain Auva’a.
“â€™Somiâ€™ has grown as a player and weâ€™re looking forward to seeing him perform week in and week out in the 2016 season and beyond,” Coach Maguire said.
“Somi has worked very hard away from the game throughout 2015 to get himself in a position to make a contribution again on-field, and weâ€™re all looking forward to continuing that work with him into the future.”
Equally pleased is Auva’a himself, who is also appreciative of all the opportunities given to him by the South Sydney club.
“Iâ€™m very grateful for everything South Sydney has done for me over the past two years,” Auvaâ€™a said
“This is the Club I want to play for. From giving me a shot at first grade, to supporting me through a difficult period over the past 18 months, this club means the world to me.
“I love playing with my teammates, for the coaching staff and for the Club, and its awesome Members. The support the Members give me and the rest of the team is unbelievable.
“Iâ€™m so happy to have this contract sorted out and am looking forward to preparing for 2016.”