The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce that the Club has signed a contract extension with young utility forward Lucky Ta’avale until at least the end of the 2019 season.

Ta’avale, 19, can play across various positions in the forward pack and despite an injury-interrupted 2017 season, he proved himself to be a valuable member of the under 20s squad’s forward pack across his 18 games this year.

A big body standing 192cm tall and weighing in at 105kg, Ta’avale has a strong running game and is equally adept in defence.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Anthony Seibold is pleased to see the Club has secured Ta’avale for the next two seasons at a minimum.

“Lucky had the opportunity to train with the NRL squad on a number of occasions throughout the 2017 season and he impressed us on every occasion,” Coach Seibold said.

“He showed great potential playing under 20s this year, he has a strong work ethic and never shirked any of the hard work when he trained with the top squad.

“He will develop over the next 12 months, both physically and in terms of his game awareness and it’s exciting to think about where Lucky can get to with his game.”