Sam Burgess’ Contract Registered with NRL, Angus Crichton’s Contract Extended Until End of 2018 and Sign Hymel Hunt for 2016 Season.
The Rabbitohs are pleased to inform Members that Sam Burgess’ contract has been registered by the NRL this week, meaning Sam will play in the red and green of the Rabbitohs until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Burgess is scheduled to return for the Rabbitohs in the Club’s opening fixture against the Roosters in March 2016.
The Rabbitohs have also announced the contract extension of Angus Crichton until at least the completion of the 2018 season, and have secured the services of 22-year-old outside-back Hymel Hunt for the 2016 season.
Crichton, 19, joined the Rabbitohs’ under 20s squad in 2015 after representing the Australian Schoolboys in Rugby Union in 2013 and 2014. Crichton played in the Rabbitohs’ championship-winning Auckland Nines squad last year and has been promoted to South Sydney’s full time squad for the 2016 season.
Standing at 191cm tall and weighing in at 99kg, centre/winger Hunt joins the Rabbitohs after having played four first grade games – one for the Gold Coast Titans in 2013, and three for the Melbourne Storm in 2015.
The hard-running back, who was a Junior Kangaroo representative in 2013, also played in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup Grand Final with Storm affiliate, the Easts Tigers, in 2014.
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, is pleased to have the services of both of these young, up-and-coming players in South Sydney’s structures.
“We’re pleased to be adding Hymel to our squad and to be extending the contract of young Angus as well,” Coach Maguire said.
“Both players have plenty of potential that we’ll be looking to develop during this pre-season with the help of the staff and the rest of the boys here in the squad.”
Hunt is now looking forward to settling into Rabbitohs camp and working on developing his game.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Hunt of his arrival at Redfern.
“I’m looking forward to knuckling down this pre-season and really trying to improve on my game under ‘Madge’ and give myself the best opportunity to play first grade.”
Crichton echoed the sentiments of his new team mate.
“I learned a lot throughout the 2015 season and I’m looking forward to building on that this coming year,” Crichton said.
“We’ve put in a lot of effort so far this pre-season and I’m looking forward to getting out on the field and improving my game.”
Name: Angus Crichton
Date of Birth: 5 February 1996
Position: Second row/centre
Junior Club: Young Cherrypickers
Rep Honours: Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Tours (2013-14)
Name: Hymel Hunt
Date of Birth: 14 November 1993
Position: Centre, wing
Junior Club: Redcliffe Dolphins
Previous Clubs: Gold Coast Titans (2013) Melbourne Storm (2014-2015)
NRL Games: 4 (one for Titans, three for Storm)
NRL Points: 4
NRL Tries: 1
NRL Debut: Titans vs Panthers, Marrara Stadium Darwin, 6 July, 2013 (Rd 17)
Rep Honours: Queensland Under 20s (2012-2013); Junior Kangaroos (2013)