The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce the signing of Australian Kangaroos, Lebanese Cedars and New South Wales State of Origin representative player Josh Mansour on a two-year contract for seasons 2021 and 2022.
Mansour, 30, will return home to Rabbitohs this season, the Club at which he played 48 games in the National Youth under 20s competition in 2009 and 2010, playing in an NYC Grand Final alongside team mate Adam Reynolds. Mansour was granted a release from the Penrith Panthers to join the Rabbitohs immediately.
Mansour has played seven Test matches for Australia, three Test matches for Lebanon and three State of Origin games for New South Wales, as well as representing City Origin over the past nine seasons. Mansour has also played 158 NRL games since making his debut for the Panthers in 2012, won the RLPA Rookie of the Year award in the same year as well as the Dally M Winger of the Year Award in 2016. He played on the wing in the 2020 NRL Grand Final for the Panthers.
Mansour is a natural leader and regarded as one of the most passionate and respected players in the game today.
Rabbitohs Head of Football Mark Ellison said Mansour will bring more than just his football ability when he returns to the Rabbitohs.
Josh is a highly experienced NRL and representative player that will bring many attributes to our team, the Club and our communityMark Ellison Head of Football
“He is a high work rate winger who is one of the competition’s leading players in terms of kick return metres, as well as a renowned finisher.
“More importantly he is a quality team and club man that inspires his team mates and brings energy to any team of which he is a part.
“He knows what our Club is about and respects the tradition and history of South Sydney, as well as the community that the Club represents.
“We reluctantly let Josh go in 2012 after playing a key role in our 2010 NYC Grand Final team and it is fantastic to have this opportunity to bring him back to South Sydney for 2021.
“That opportunity to bring him back would not be there if it wasn’t for Corey Allan moving on, another player who, like Josh in 2012, is moving on for opportunities elsewhere.
“We’re really excited to bringing a player of Josh’s ability and character back to our Club and we can’t wait to see him earn the right to pull on the Rabbitohs first grade jersey that eluded him a decade ago.”
|Date of Birth||17 June 1990|
|Place of Birth||Sydney, NSW|
|Junior Clubs||St Johns Eagles, Kingsgrove Colts|
|Previous Clubs||Panthers (2012-20)|
|NRL Games||158 (all for the Panthers)|
|NRL Points||296 (from 74 tries)|
|NRL Debut||Panthers vs Storm, Panthers Stadium, 5 May 2012 (Rd 9)|
|NRL Grand Finals||One (2020)|
|Rep Honours||Seven Tests for Australia (2014, 2016-17); three Tests for Lebanon (2009); three State of Origin matches for New South Wales (2016); one game for City Origin (2016); Australian Prime Minister’s XIII (2014)|
|Awards||Dally M Winger of the Year (2016); RLPA Rookie of the Year (2012)|