Position Battles - Halves
For the first time in a number of seasons, there is an absolute wealth of contenders for the halves at the South Sydney Rabbitohs. From the more experienced heads to the rookies, there will competition for playing time in the no.6 and no.7 jerseys.
Going into his seventh season in the top grade, along with numerous point-scoring records and awards to his name, Adam Reynolds will be at the forefront of the Rabbitohs’ attack.
With one of the best boots in the business, Reynolds has the ability to control a game with his accurate kicking during the tackle count or while nailing conversions from the sideline.
Now at 27 years of age, Reynolds will not only be influencing teammates on the field but also off the field, especially with so many young halves coming through the ranks.
There’s a reason why Reynolds has featured for the NSW State of Origin side, and plenty will be looking forward to seeing the halfback in top form.
Although he came into first grade as a centre and is currently plying his trade in the back row, John Sutton has played a good chunk of his career at pivot.
From 2009 until midway through the 2014 season, 'Sutto' donned the no.6 jersey on a fulltime basis, and has since filled in when injury has struck the squad.
With a controlling style of play that emphasises his status as a leader, Sutton has proved time and time again that he is more than capable of filling multiple positions, and will be looking to make an impression on the next generation of Rabbitohs.
While Reynolds brings a calm, controlled style of play, Cody Walker provides an explosive running game to the mix, and has the ability to break a game wide open with his unpredictability and x-factor.
Despite on field results not going our way, Walker was consistently a shining light for the Club in 2017, scoring six tries, setting up 18 try assists and creating 20 line breaks while averaging over 100 running metres per game, featuring in every match of the season.
It’s an exciting prospect to see how much more Walker will bring in 2018 after two seasons in the top grade.
After a big year in 2017, young Adam Doueihi is proving he will be a strong contender for a halves position in 2018.
The big-bodied 19-year-old arrived at the Grand Old Club after coming from the Balmain SG Ball side, and started the season in the Rabbitohs' NYC side.
He eventually made the step up to reserve grade with the North Sydney Bears and capped off his year by making his international debut with Lebanon at the Rugby League World Cup in November.
With an impressive long and short kicking game, Doueihi will certainly be one to watch in 2018.
A real surprise packet of the Rabbitohs' NYC side in 2017, Hawkins progressed from the SG Ball squad from earlier in the year and adjusted well into the under-20s competition.
A Matraville Tigers junior, Hawkins has a calculated style of play, and the 18-year-old showed plenty of maturity and composure throughout 2017.
Still eligible for the under-20s competition for the next two seasons, Hawkins will be looking to further his development in Red and Green.
Coming off three back-to-back ACL tears, Connor Tracey has worked hard to get back into first grade training, and his teammates and coaches will tell you he is certainly making the most of his pre-season training.
Dubbed as one of the fittest players at the Club, Tracey is also a former Australian Schoolboys rep that will be itching to get back onto the field and push to make his NRL debut in 2018.
While Damien Cook will be vying for the starting hooker spot, he has shown that he is able to play in a number of positions, which includes the halves.
Featuring in the halves as a junior and in the lower grades, Cook’s creativity, ball playing skills and speed off the mark make him a strong candidate for not only the halves but also at fullback and his primary position of hooker.
Although he's known for his work at dummy-half, Robbie Farah proved himself to be a versatile player during Lebanon's Rugby League World Cup campaign last year as he wore the no.7 jersey for the first time since 2012.
After leading the Cedars to the semi-finals, Farah certainly did his chances of playing in the halves no harm after a successful stint in the international arena.
As one of the most talented Rugby League players on the planet, you could probably throw 'GI' anywhere on the field and see him thrive.
Having won the Clive Churchill Medal at five-eighth, GI has a history in the halves, and also showed he can still take on the playmaking role throughout a handful of games in 2016.