The South Sydney Rabbitohs have added an additional two players to their squad on a ‘train and trial’ basis, in the form of Scott Sorensen and Jack Gosiewski.
Both back-rowers, Gosiewski and Sorensen will be out to impress Head Coach Michael Maguire to make a claim for a spot in his final squad for the 2015 season.
Gosiewski (20) played in 24 Holden Cup matches in the Rabbitohs’ NYC side in 2014, eventually being voted by teammates as Player’s Player at the Red and Green Ball. Gosiewski scored eight tries, made 271 runs for a total of 2349 metres, while also making a whopping 735 tackles – nine of which were try-savers.
Sorensen, 21, comes to the Rabbitohs from Cronulla-Sutherland, where the lock-forward made his first grade debut late in 2014 before going on to play a total of three first grade games.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire said that the pair will only add to the level of competition for spots in the squad.
“There are plenty of opportunities there at the moment,” said Maguire.
“Both Scott and Jack bring plenty to us both on and off the field and we’re looking forward to getting the very best out of them in the coming weeks.”
Maguire has previously spoken to Rabbitohs.com.au about the unique opportunities that train and trial contracts present to both the players and the Club..
“The goal for all of them is the same – to be in the best shape they can to give themselves the best opportunity to perform,” said the mentor.
“The boys understand that if they’re performing and working hard, the opportunities will be there when game time comes around.”
The pair join other train and trial-contracted players, Wartovo Puara and Thompson Teteh – both from the PNG Hunters – as well as Fijian international Daryl Millard – formerly of the Bulldogs, Dragons, Wakefield Trinity and Catalans.
Puara, 24, is a hooker who has also represented the PNG Kumuls against the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII, and was part of the Kumuls’ World Cup train on squad in 2013, while Teteh, 25, is a centre who also played with the PNG Hunters Queensland Cup side in 2014, and was also part of the Kumuls’ World Cup train on squad in 2013.
Millard, 29, is an outside back who comes to Redfern with 60 NRL games to his name as well as 97 Super League matches. Millard has also earned eight caps for Fiji and two matches for the ESL Exiles (2012-13).