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The 'Souths Juniors Seven'

Words: Andréa Mandadakis

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It’s no secret that here at the Rabbitohs we pride ourselves on developing our own talent from within.

The ‘Souths Juniors Seven’ are a mix of experienced campaigners and promising youngsters, and all play in a variety of positions on the field.

Adam Reynolds

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The goal-kicking maestro has been in the NRL squad since 2012, and progressed through the ranks at the Alexandria Rovers and Kensington United, as well as leading the Rabbitohs NYC side to a Grand Final in 2010.

Reynolds is the epitome of the phrase ‘size doesn’t matter’, with the level-headed halfback having made numerous representative appearances, including NSW Schoolboys, NSW Under 17’s, 2 appearances for the World/NRL All Stars, 2 games for City Origin, an appearance for the Prime Minister’s XIII in 2015 and most recently, 2 games in the 2016 State of Origin series for NSW.

John Sutton

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It’s fitting that the most capped Rabbitoh of all time is a Souths boy born and bred, and John Sutton continues to break records in his attempt to become the first South Sydney player to play 300 first grade games.  

Affectionately known as ‘Sutto’, the playmaking backrower began his footy career playing in the Red V of Kensington United in the centres, but as he continued to show off his skills, most notably his offloading, it wasn’t long before he would be wearing the Red and Green hoops of the Rabbitohs.

While having the chance to play for the PM’s XIII and wear the blue and gold of City Origin, Sutton had the ultimate honour in lifting the Provan-Summons trophy in 2014 as he captained the Rabbitohs to their 21st Premiership, becoming the first Souths junior to captain a premiership-winning side in over six decades.

Alex Johnston

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With 71 tries to his name in just 83 games, it’s no surprise that try-scoring machine Alex Johnston is a La Perouse Panther.

With other notable Lapa juniors in the NRL such as James Roberts and Josh Addo-Carr also great finders of the try line, Johnston raises the bar by being the only one of the trio having represented Australia at first grade level.

It isn’t just on the field where ‘AJ’ excels, having been named Dux of Endeavour High School with a 91.8 ATAR, and after a breakout 2017 season where he starred in filling the huge boots of Greg Inglis at fullback, the sky is the limit for this 22-year old sensation.

Jason Clark

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Hard-working forward Jason Clark is the perfect example of a Souths Junior.

Having spent his whole junior career at the Coogee Wombats, Clark made his debut for the Rabbitohs at the end of the 2009 season after having captained the NYC side all year.

A family man who gives back to his community, Clark is known to have donated money back to the Wombats, and is a fan favourite among the Rabbitohs faithful for his grit, determination and commitment that he shows both on and off the field.

Campbell Graham

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Despite being the youngest player on this list, big things are tipped for Campbell Graham at the Rabbitohs.

Another Coogee Wombats junior, Graham made his first grade debut in Round 22 of the 2017 season, and got the call up while studying for his HSC exams.

Playing all five of his games on the wing, the 197cm tall prodigy will be looking to build off his limited first grade experience, as well as his representative games for the Australian Schoolboys and NSW Under 16’s.

Siosifa Talakai

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The ever fearsome Siosifa Talakai progressed through the grades at the Mascot Jets, a junior club which has produced some of the most famous names to have worn Red and Green, such as George Piggins, Mario Fenech and Ian Roberts.

Talakai made his much awaited debut in Round 13 2016 against the Gold Coast Titans at Perth’s NiB Stadium, scoring a try with his first touch of the ball.

Having made his way through the ranks as a centre three-quarter, Talakai has been developing in the NYC side and at the North Sydney Bears in the forwards as a wide running and devastating second rower.

Cam Murray

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Another product of the Mascot Jets, Cameron Murray has come in leaps and bounds in the last eighteen months, which is no surprise considering his pedigree in the Souths Juniors competition.

Murray has had a wealth of representative experience, representing NSW at Under 16, 18, and 20’s levels, captaining each of those sides in the process, and having been a part of the Australian Schoolboys side of 2015, as well as the Junior Kangaroos in 2017.