Tim Grant may have only recently arrived at Redfern, but in that time he has made no secret of his excitement and desire to pull on the famous red and green jersey.
Speaking at last week’s Charity Shield launch at ANZ Stadium, the 26 year old hinted to Rabbitohs TV that the annual trial match against St George Illawarra – the Rabbitohs’ first trial of the new year – may be too far away for his liking and that he’ll take any excuse to wear the historic strip.
“Surely there’s some sort of photo opportunity or something where I can get the jersey – I just can’t wait to get it on,” said Grant.
“It’s really exciting for me – it’s probably the first opportunity I’ll get to put on the Rabbitohs jersey, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a start to my career at South Sydney and it’s going to be awesome.
“For me as a kid growing up, it meant that footy was back on TV so it was exciting times. But like I said, to play in it and the first opportunity to put on a Rabbitohs jersey – it’s extra special this one.”
And with some subtle additions to the Rabbitohs’ playing strip in 2015 – designed to commemorate the Club’s history – Grant will be fortunate enough to wear a unique incarnation of the Rabbitohs jersey.
Twenty one small red lines make up the traditional red strip of both the home and away jersey designs, paying tribute to the Club’s 21 Premierships. “The Pride of the League” is also etched inside each home jersey collar and “South Sydney Marches on” inside every Away collar – a reminder to each player of the Club’s proud heritage.
The Rabbitohs have been back at training since early November, with a high altitude training camp being in Arizona, USA, a highlight for players including new recruit Grant on the back of opportunities to scale the heights of the Grand Canyon and Mount Humphreys.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Grant.
“I’m feeling revitalised a bit to be honest. I’m enjoying my footy again and just training with the boys has been unreal. Here at Souths it’s one thing I’ve noticed – we prepare to perform all the time.”