Meet the Rabbitohs New Recruits
Wednesday 7 November 2012 1:34 PM
There are some new faces in the Rabbitohs NRL squad for 2012, including some that have been elevated to the squad from the Toyota Cup.
Read a little about each player below.
Jeff Lima joins the Rabbitohs from Wigan where he had a stellar season, averaging over 120 metres per game. Lima is a fantastic defender and over 24 games in the Super League this year, missed just 14 tackles.
Lima started his NRL Career in 2004 with the Tigers before moving to Melbourne where he enjoyed Grand Final victories in 2007 and 2009. He won the Lance Todd Trophy for his Man-of-the-Match Performance in the Challenge Cup Final with Wigan in 2011. Lima has played six Tests for New Zealand.
He'll provide plenty of power up front and his experience will be a great boost.
To view Jeff Lima's profile, click here.
Position: Second Row
Te'o comes to the Rabbitohs from the Brisbane Broncos and after battling injury in 2011, he managed 21 games in 2012. He still had a fairly interrupted season with suspension and injury but managed to make his way into the QLD Origin squad and Australian Squad.
He played limited minutes early on but his 80 minute performances towards the back end of the season were extremely impressive. He finished the year with 10 tries, just three behind Broncos top try scorer Alex Glenn and he led all Broncos with 12 line breaks.
Te'o is an explosive ball runner and one of the hardest hitters in the game, with Dave Taylor departing, he'll be a vital member of the Rabbitohs Squad.
To view Ben Te'o's profile, click here.
The twin brother of George, Thomas joins the Rabbitohs from the Bradford Bulls. Fresh off England Knights duties with his twin, he performed strongly and the experience will do him wonders in 2013.
Burgess averaged just under 10 carries and over 80 metres per game in the 2012 Super League season .
There will be plenty of competition for spots in the Rabbitohs forward pack (and even in the Burgess family) but expect Thomas to get some first grade action during the season.
To view Thomas Burgess' profile, click here.
Position: Wing, Centre
A great goalkicker with International experience, Bryson Goodwin is a welcome addition to the Rabbitohs backline.
Goodwin began the season on the wing for the Grand Final bound Bulldogs and also as first choice goal kicker. He suffered an horrific ruptured spleen in round 11 which put him out of action until round 21.
He returned through the NSW Cup but with the Bulldogs signing Krisnan Inu and Sam Perrett mid-season he couldn't force his way back into the side.
Goodwin is an excellent goal kicker and has the necessary ability to sniff out a try, having scored 33 in his 77 NRL appearances.
He'll have plenty of competition for a spot in 2012 but will be working hard to establish himself.
To view Bryson Goodwin's profile, click here.
Position: Centre, Wing
Coming from the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in QLD, the Caboolture Snakes Junior will be trying to work his way into the very competitive Rabbitohs backline.
Rabbitohs recruitment Manager Mark Hughes watched Buckett play after some positive reports and was excited by what he saw, the club subsequently offered Buckett a two year deal.
A tall, rangy centre or winger, Buckett is very aggressive in defence and attack and has a lightning burst of pace.
Should he crack first grade in 2013, no doubt there will be a crew of "Buckettheads" who featured at Intrust Super Cup games this year.
To view Mitch Buckett's profile, click here.
Position: Halfback, five-eighth
Keary was selected in the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year after an amazing season in which he was also named the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup Best and Fairest.
He secured a spot in the first grade training squad and took his game to a new level netting a whopping 20 tries to lead the Rabbitohs NYC side. Those who watched NYC games in 2012 will know just how deadly Keary can be with ball in hand, regularly ripping defences apart with his signature show and go. He has a very similar kicking game to Adam Reynolds and for someone his size, his defence is outstanding.
A former Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Player, Keary played three games for the Burleigh Bears and also gained some NSW Cup experience in 2012 for the North Sydney Bears.
To view Luke Keary's profile, click here.
Phillips is a tremendous player with a huge future in the NRL. He was selected in the NSW Under 18's squad this year after a superb 2012 which saw him spend the back end of the season in the first grade training squad.
He scored 8 tries in 14 games for the Rabbitohs NYC side and was a key member of the squad which lost at the death in the week one elimination final.
A quick, elusive fullback with great hands and a mature football brain, Phillips will most likely see plenty of Toyota Cup action this year given he is still eligible, but he is one player to keep an eye on.
To view Tyrone Phillips' profile, click here.
Position: Second Row
Turner established himself as one of the workhorses of the Rabbitohs Toyota Cup pack in his second year at the Under 20's level. A real utility, he was used mostly at second row but also played prop and hooker throughout the year.
Regularly making important tackles and large tackle counts including his 44 in round 23, he became integral in the Rabbitohs defence. He spent some time with the NRL squad towards the end of the year gaining valuable experience.
The tall athletic back rower has a super attitude to his football and works hard whether on the training paddock or in a big final.
To view Kyle Turner's profile, click here.