Can the South Sydney forward pack complement the potent backline?

Newly signed South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell

As the dust settles on the new addition to the book of feuds, the defection of Latrell Mitchell across Anzac Parade to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, one question still remains.

Can the fresh young faces in the Rabbitohs forward pack do enough to complement arguably the most exciting backline in the competition?

With the unexpected retirement of Sam Burgess, the retirement of South Sydney’s favourite son John Sutton and the release of George Burgess, there is clearly a depth issue within the Rabbitohs forward pack.

Queensland representative, Jai Arrow, put pen to paper to move to Redfern in 2021.

The Titans are in no rush to let him go sooner which leaves Souths relying on the younger core of forwards to carry the work load in 2020.

The likes of Jaydn Sua and Tom Amone will need to instantly move into a bigger role within the side to ensure there is enough “go forward.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook

Doing so will  allow stars like Damian Cook and Cody Walker’s explosive run game to have any sort of effect.

Adding in the match winning ability of Mitchell certainly helps but an explosive forward pack is still key.

A slightly less stressful part of Wayne Bennett’s job is deciding who fills the spots in a backline already in surplus of talent.

Mitchell almost certainly slots into his desired position as fullback leaving talent like Roberts, Johnston, Graham, Burns, Allen, Doueihi, Gagai and veteran Goodwin to fill in the remaining spots.

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett

Barring any late releases before the start of the season, this leaves Bennett with a lot of thinking to do before round one.

The persistent rumours surrounding a departure for either Alex Johnston or Adam Doueihi may reduce the headache for Bennett at the Rabbitohs.

Though it will not make the selection any easier and will only highlight a potential lack of depth at the club.

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