After his immediate release by the North Queensland Cowboys, Ethan Lowe has signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2019.
Since his club debut in 2013, the 2015 premiership winner has played in 108 NRL games for the Cowboys.
With the Rabbitohs needing to add to their back-row stocks following Angus Crichton’s departure, Lowe’s addition cements their stocks.
“Ethan has shown that he has what it takes to play at the top level of the game and has been part of a premiership-winning club in North Queensland,” said Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson.
“He has a number of strings to bow which will benefit our squad and he is an edge back rower who will create more competition for spots in our back row throughout the season.
“He will have an opportunity to put his best foot forward under Wayne (Bennett) here at Souths and we’re all looking forward to seeing what he can achieve in red and green.”
With the better opportunity available to him, the Cowboys did not stand in his way.
“We are disappointed to see Ethan go, but we felt in the end it was in everyone’s best interest to grant him a release,” said Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr.
“Ethan has been a wonderful player for our club, he appeared in more than 100 games, two grand finals and was an integral part of our first ever premiership.
“Everyone at our club would like to thank Ethan for his contribution and time in Cowboys colours and wish him all the best for the future.”
The Cowboys club, his team-mates and his premiership success will always be elements Lowe never forgets despite the move away.
“I would like to thank the Cowboys, members and fans for making my time in North Queensland one of the best experiences of my life,” Lowe said.
“Being part of the 2015 grand final win and the weeks that followed was something I will never forget.
“North Queensland will always hold a special place in my heart.”