Both Bayley Sironen and Steven Marsters have re-signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2021 season on the back of their good form.
Sironen has played 21 NRL games, 19 of which have come for the Rabbitohs and the first two with the Wests Tigers.
With the chance to extend his contract, Sironen jumped at the chance.
“I’m stoked to have the opportunity to play at this club next year,” Sironen said.
“Since joining the Rabbitohs last year, everyone from my teammates, the coaches, the staff, and the Members have made me feel at home and their support has been unbelievable.”
Sironen believes he can become a better player and person in 2021 with the Rabbitohs’ guidance.
“I know I have become a better player at this club and more importantly I’ve become a better person,” Sironen continued.
“Knowing that made my decision to stay an easier one and I’m looking forward to finishing this year on a high and then going again in 2021.”
Marsters, who made his debut earlier this season, has also represented the Cook Islands at the international level.
“I’m over the moon to be at this Club and I’m really happy to be here for at least another 12 months,” Marsters said.
“The opportunities I’ve received this year has made me want to stay and to keep improving.
“The Members at our Club are first class and I want to go out and make the most of my opportunities to play for them.”
Mark Ellison, the Rabbitohs Head of Football, praised Marsters and Sironen for their hard work to play first-grade.
“Both Bayley and Steve have put in all of the hard work and more that is required to play at the top level of the game,” Ellison said.
“They’ve been rewarded with positions in our first-grade team throughout the year as well as these new contracts.
“This is a testament to the effort they have put in both physically and in terms of their growth in maturity throughout this season.”
Ellison also believes the two will only get better as the 2021 season comes around.
“Bayley comes from a great pedigree, has taken the step up to become a regular NRL player and we’re sure Bayley can continue to improve his game as he becomes more experienced at the top grade,” Ellison continued.
“Steve would be the first one to admit that he got away to a slow start when he joined us in November last year, as well as coming back from the COVID-19 break earlier this year.
“However, he took a hard look at himself, pulled his socks up, and worked very hard for the opportunities he has received this year and in turn has been rewarded with another contract with our Club.”