Rabbitohs centre Beau Champion will move on at season’s end, having signed a one year deal with the Parramatta Eels for the 2015 season.
Champion, 27, has played 105 NRL games of which 80 of those have been in the red and green of South Sydney since making his first grade debut in 2005.
Champion says that he will never forget his time playing in the cardinal and myrtle of the South Sydney Club.
“I want to say a big thank you to the Members and fans of the Rabbitohs, and everyone in the South Sydney community, for the support they’ve given me over the past ten years,” Champion said.
“They have helped create some great memories for me that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“I’m a South Sydney junior and I was very proud man every time I’ve had the opportunity to pull on the red and green jersey.
“I also want to thank the South Sydney Football Club for the opportunity to play first grade for this club originally in 2005 and when I returned in 2013.
“Unfortunately this year hasn’t been the best personally on the field for me, but I’ll be cheering the boys on for the rest of the season and through the finals.
“The Rabbitohs will always be part of me.”
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire paid tribute to Champion.
“Beau has been great for us despite not being able to play a lot of games since coming back to the Club last year,” Maguire said.
“He is a South Sydney man and one of the great clubmen amongst this squad.
“We’re pleased he’s going to get another opportunity to play in the NRL at Parramatta and we wish him the best of luck for next year.
“For now, he’s very much part of our squad and we’re looking forward to enjoying the rest of the season with him.”
Name: Beau Champion
Date of Birth: 23 December 1986
Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW
Junior Club: La Perouse Panthers, South Eastern Seagulls
NRL Games: 105 (80 for the Rabbitohs)
NRL Points: 206 (158 for the Rabbitohs)
NRL Tries: 49 (37 for the Rabbitohs)
NRL Goals: 5 (5 for the Rabbitohs)
NRL Debut: Rabbitohs vs Sharks, Sydney Football Stadium, 8 July 2005 (Rd 18)
Rep Honours: Two games for City Origin (2010-11); Two games for the Indigenous All Stars (2010-11)