Souths strengthen back-row with signing of Knights junior

Robbie Rochow

Although currently out of action in 2016 because of injury, there is plenty of promise for Robbie Rochow, ahead of his confirmed move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2017 season.

The club confirmed the deal today, with the Knights back-rower to head South to the pastures of Redfern.

With a total of 72 games for the club, a pectoral injury has recently kept Rochow off the field.

“It was obviously a tough decision to leave the Knights but one that I felt was for the best,” Rochow said.

“The Club has been great to me but it feels like the right time to step outside my comfort zone.

“I still have a lot to improve on in my game and going to a Club with senior players was a factor in my decision.”

Off the field, Rochow is working on an engineering degree and with the move to Sydney, it will make life easier for him to finish it.

“Being in Sydney will help with where I am up to with my degree and a priority is working hard to complete that as soon as possible,” he added.

The club hold no grudges or ill-feelings towards Rochow and his decision, knowing that he has to do what he feels is right for him.

“We understand that leaving the Club was what was best for Robbie at this stage of his career,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“He has been a wonderful player on and off the field and he certainly has our best wishes for the future.”

Rochow will be among the Knights players to be farewelled following their home game this Sunday.

As for Souths who have signed him, coach Michael Maguire is no stranger to Rochow and what he can do, having worked alongside him at the Melbourne Storm.

“I’ve worked with Robbie previously at the Melbourne Storm and he will bring great character and leadership to our Club next season,” Maguire said.

“He’s a very driven individual and wants to add to the culture we have built here at South Sydney.

With several players set to depart Souths, the competition for spots now opens up.

“He will also create more competition for selection in our NRL side next year which spurs on our players to perform at their best, be it at training or in games,” added Maguire.

“We’re looking forward to having him join our ranks in the pre-season.”

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