Pre-season training isn’t all about building strength, skill and muscle – it’s also about building bonds with teammates according to forward, Jason Clark.

Now into their fifth week of pre-season training, the new-look Rabbitohs squad is well into their preparations for season 2016. For Clark, the all-important bonds that make a team are also well on their way.

“At the end of the day, we’re all mates,” said Clark.

“As a kid you grow up playing footy because you love it and because you get to be with all your mates – that really doesn’t change when you’re in first grade.

“We all enjoy each other’s company and we love what we do, so that can only work for us when it comes time to pull on the boots again.

“For now though, we’re focused on all those little things that we always talk about getting right first.

 

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“Everyone seems to have settled in really well. We have a few new faces in and around the squad and the staff, and everyone’s just fallen in and used the last five weeks to really better themselves and build on their game.

“Now’s the best time to do all that – really get to know all the new boys and start building combinations and relationships that’ll help us when we get out on the field.”

The men in red and green will get their 2016 campaign underway at Allianz Stadium in Round 1 when the game’s oldest and fiercest rivalry re-ignites on Sunday March 6 at 4pm at Allianz Stadium, with the Rabbitohs taking on the Roosters in the first leg of the Ron Coote Cup – the deciding match set to be played at home in Round 6 at ANZ Stadium.

To watch the video from Week 5 of training, please press play on the video player.