NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Dane Gagai of the Knights looks on during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced the signing of State of Origin and Indigenous All Stars player Dane Gagai until at least the end of the 2021 season.

Gagai, 26, has played 124 NRL games for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos since making his first grade debut for the Broncos against the Cowboys in 2011, and he will join the Rabbitohs on a four-year contract beginning next season.

Gagai has played in five State of Origin games for Queensland between 2015 and 2017 as well as representing the Indigenous All Stars on three occasions between 2015 and 2017.

Gagai is regarded as one of the strike outside backs in the NRL competition; comfortable playing at centre, wing or fullback; and Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire is looking forward to adding his experience to the Rabbitohs’ backline.

“Dane is one of the best outside backs in the competition and he has played plenty of football at the elite levels of the game in a variety of positions across the backline,” Coach Maguire said.

“His ability and versatility on the field will be matched by the experience he will be able to bring to the young backs in our squad off the field, plus he has the added experience of putting in the hard work to reach State of Origin level at this stage of his career.

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“In our discussions with Dane he’s demonstrated that he’s willing to come to our Club and work hard to bring success to the team, he’s a man of great character and has leadership qualities that he will bring to the Club too.

“He’s also very active in the Indigneous community and he will fit in well with the community programs and initiatives run by Souths Cares.

“We wish Dane the best of luck as he finishes off this season with Newcastle and we look forward to having him join our squad for the 2018 pre-season.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Jesse Arthars (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Dean Britt (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Billy Brittain (2019), Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights, 2021), Jacob Gagan (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Richie Kennar (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Vincent Leuluai (Melbourne Storm, 2018), Jesse Martin (Manly Sea Eagles, 2018), Matt McIlwrick (Wests Tigers, 2019), Mark Nicholls (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Tevita Tatola (Wests Tigers, 2019)
2018 Losses
Anthony Cherrington (retired), Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves), Jack Gosiewski (Manly Sea Eagles), Aaron Gray (Cronulla Sharks), Brett Greinke (released), Gabriel Hamlin (Wigan Warriors), Luke Kelly (released), Dane Nielsen (released), Robbie Rochow (Wests Tigers), Toby Rudolf (released), David Tyrrell (released)
Joshua Cook (2019), Campbell Graham (2021), Dean Hawkins (2019), Mawene Hiroti (2019), Alex Johnston (2020), Sam Johnstone (2018), Ky Rodwell (2019), John Sutton (2019), Lucky Ta'avale (2018), Siosifa Talakai (2018), Kyle Turner (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Dean Britt, Billy Brittain, George Burgess, Jacob Gagan, Mawene Hiroti, Rhys Kennedy, Ethan Lowe, Mark Nicholls, John Sutton, Tevita Tatola, Connor Tracey, Kyle Turner
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  1. Souths need to get Walker back to 5/8, last night showed Souths are up there for the arm wrestle but lack that polish in attack, Gagai and Inglis will provide the strike power needed, perhaps a dominant winger would no go astray.

    Souths do not need to panic when it comes to players, we have a great nucleus of a team and those guys will provide us with that x factor, but it is important that we finish this year off has best we can.

    • Mate, blind Freddie could see that he should never has moved from 5/8 and side is definitely quicker with Cookie at dummy half and I’d like to see Cherrington take Rochows place, would like to see Cherrington have a few games back to back, I think he offers good size and impact off the bench (just lacking match fitness).

      • Rubbish, Cherrington gets injured EVERY TIME he takes the field.
        It is Rd 14 mate, NOT Rd 1,
        Cherrington has been playing for Norths
        He has had 6 Months to get match fitness, are you going to give him until Rd 26?

        Walker at 5/8 YES.
        COOK? tell him to pass the bloody ball, he always dies with it.
        Get Nathan Peats back and sack Farah.

        • are u comparing match fitness in state cup to NRL ? THOUGHT YOU KNEW BETTER THAN THAT (I can scream too) – still would be comfortable seeing have a month in top the grade before I would accept your “Rubbish” call – I know he has potential to offer more than that RUBBISH Rochow.

          Re: Peats – thought in a previous post u mentioned we couldn’t afford him ??

        • Cherrington has been in the 21 most weeks but Madge doesn’t seem to select him all that much. when he does finally get a go he goes down.

          He did play 3 games in a row, Rounds 10, 11 and 12.
          We went down against the storm, didn’t return after 13 minutes playing time.
          He went down against Parra, didn’t return also after 13 minutes playing time.
          Injury Prone mate.

          WOW, what is it with all that “Screaming”?
          In my day writing in Capitol letters was meant as a highlighted word or phrase.
          I don’t scream at anyone mate. Only big girls scream!
          I use my fists. old school.

          As far as Peats is concerned for 2018 is not possible unless Richo rearranges the deck chairs and moves players on as Farah 2018 and Cook 2019 have contracts.
          I doubt that you can carry 3 Hookers.
          2019 is possible as Farah will retire.

          Souths have 23 players signed up out of the 30 required.
          The good thing is that all of our high priced players are signed up.

    • @penso – Couldn’t agree more on moving Walker back to 5/8. Should never have been moved around….just when he and Reynolds were getting into a decent groove.

  2. The Gagai signing is a good one, Souths need some penetration out wide.

    The James Maloney Rumours won’t go away in the media.
    There is nothing internally so I doubt that he will be with us in 2018
    I am sure that Cody Walker will be a priority when the final Salary Cap amount is decided upon.
    Most likely $9.5M for 30 players.

    With Goodwin gone now and Gray most likely to go
    Gagai on the left and Hunt on the right should be good.
    Many don’t realise this but Hunt is still only a Rookie having played only 26 games in First Grade to date.

    I really find it hard to believe that the Sharks have offered Gray a 3-year contract worth $1.3M
    That is almost double in which he is on at present…

    I still hold out hope that Johnston will stay. IF the media reports are accurate about the Dragons offering AJ $700k per season, WHY then hasn’t he signed?
    My info is that Matt Dufty is being groomed to take over Dugan at Fullback.

    AJ is waiting to see what the final Cap figure will be as Souths may offer him a bit more than what we did last February.

    Wingers are needed:
    I expect Braidon Burns to improve.
    I haven’t given up hope that Damon Goolagong may be offered a 2nd tier contract.

    Campbell Graham will be a name that may pop up in First Grade next season.

    We have 9 very good young blokes coming through the Juniors, the 20s
    1 Fullback, 2 Wingers, 1 Centre, 1 Hooker, 1 5/8, 2 Props and 1 Edge player.
    Most of them are still very young at 18 and 19 and may need time at Norths they should be ready for 2019 but the forwards in 2020.

    Last Season Shane Richardson’s plan was building towards 2018-19 as the breakout year.
    We didn’t really expect 2017 to be that year.

    At Norths, there are probably only 4 players on Part time contracts that may make it in first grade.
    That is NOT counting the Souths contracted players who play there week in and week out.

    • Thanks 3 hats, has always quite informative, what you have said makes sense, hopefully no more GAP years for us. Cheers , PS, i’m not screaming at you with the capital GAP.

      • One Eyed Rabbit is the screamer, lol

        As I wrote above, in my day, in the pre-computers, Mobile texting and Smartphones era when we actually wrote with pen and paper.
        Capital letters were used to Highlight Specific Subjects.

        Some Gen Y idiot came up with this ridiculous assumption that texting in capital Letters was supposed to be aggressive or screaming?
        I have no idea why?
        IF I want to be aggressive or YELL at someone, I would just say, FARK OFF, lol

        • could not have said it better myself, good description.

          I hope that gutter jurno Rothfield was not implying, in his article yesterday, that a leading player who has signed with a club for 2018 is having seconds thoughts being Gagai, why does that moron continue to put crap out there without naming people concerned, he does this all the time, i’m over him, have been for some time.

        • Well I’m definitely not Gen Y, cracked 50, lol was some Gen Y, used to be lot of love……

        • Very amusing, that player who is having second thoughts was actually Jack Bird
          We have got our man.

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