Jason Clark admits it was a disappointing start to the season for the Rabbitohs but has faith in the team's depth to rebound.
Suffering an opening round defeat to the Tigers and seeing Rabbitohs Captain Greg Inglis sidelined for up to six months with an ACL injury, Clark says it's 'early days' and points to the team's strong squad depth as factors that will contribute to success in the coming rounds.
"It's not ideal for us, Greggy's (Greg Inglis) a big part of this team but we've got plenty of depth in the side - it's only early days so Madge will have his decision through the week of who he'll put there," said Clark.
"We've got plenty of depth and whoever does step into that role I'm sure will do the job."
The evidence is already there for the Rabbitohs as young talents Braidon Burns and Robert Jennings put on a show in yesterday's (Saturday's) Intrust Super Premiership clash between the North Sydney Bears and the Wentworthville Magpies. Both outside backs scored a double in the Bears win over the Magpies.
General Manager of Football Shane Richardson echoes Clark's point. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Richardson states the Club is in a better position than in previous years to deal with the injury to Greg Inglis.
"I’d like to think we’ve got some really good leaders in Sam Burgess and John Sutton in our squad. I think we’ve got more depth this year than what we’ve had in a while," said Richardson.
“People are going to talk about platitudes at this time of year, but I firmly believe we’ve got the players. It’s hard to replace the best fullback in the world, no one hides from that.
“Alex Johnston likes playing fullback, Braidon Burns I thought was outstanding in the pre-season trials at fullback, so we’re not devoid of talent. There’s only one Greg Inglis, but by the same token, who knows what may come along behind him.
“When Melbourne lost Billy Slater last year, Melbourne couldn’t make the eight and then all of a sudden a bloke called Cameron Munster came along.’’