We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at our skipper, John Sutton.
A proud Souths Junior, Sutton enjoyed what would be a defining year in his career as he led his team, his Club and countless Members and supporters to the Club’s first Grand Final since 1971, and ultimately, a 21st Premiership.
In recent times, Sutton has been known as a five-eighth of considerable talent, and despite training for much of the pre-season in the back-row to accommodate the talents of Luke Keary, Sutton would find himself playing at pivot for much of the year owing to a long-term pectoral injury to Keary.
Sutton would go on to eclipse Bob McCarthy’s record 211 first grade matches at the SCG wearing the number six on his back, before succumbing to an injury of his own in round 20. His knee injury would ironically open the door for Keary’s return, spurring into existence a Premiership winning combination between the young gun, Adam Reynolds and Sutton.
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, made full use of Sutton’s talents playing out of the back-row by using him as an extra five-eighth in attack – ready and willing to capitalise on opportunities while keeping oppositions constantly guessing.
To the Kensington United Junior went the honour of being the first Rabbitohs Captain to lead the Club to a Premiership since John Sattler in 1971.