BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Felise Kaufusi of the Kangaroos looks on during an Australia Kangaroos and England Signing Session at Reddacliff Place on November 28, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Anthony Seibold is making waves early in his head coaching career, declaring his interest in a signing a second international in as many weeks.

Last week brought news of South Sydney contemplating making a play for Kiwi fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, this week it’s Kangaroo’s forward Felise Kaufusi.

Seibold was Melbourne’s assistant coach in 2015 when Kaufusi debuted for the Storm, and coming off a breakout season, could demand some serious cash on the market.

Seeing how the forward responds to the exit of Cooper Cronk will be make or break for Kaufusi, who scored many a try running off the hip of the Queensland and Kangaroo’s halfback.

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The Rabbitohs are in the market for backrowers, with Angus Crichton set to defect to their Bondi rivals the Roosters and John Sutton likely to hang up the boots at season’s end.

Kaufusi would get the opportunity to run off former Blue Adam Reynolds on South Sydney’s right edge, as well as join a side coming to the end of a rebuilding phase that has seen them finish 12th in two consecutive seasons.

But with the recruitment of Dane Gagai, the return of Greg Inglis and a new head coach for the first time in six years, South’s fortunes seem to be changing.

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The addition of Kaufusi to a forward pack already containing three Burgess brothers, Zane Musgrove and young gun Cameron Murray could be tempting enough to depart a club where he’s already achieved almost everything he can with the side.

Felise only signed a one-year deal with Melbourne in 2017, meaning both he and his brother Pat come off-contract at season’s end.

It’s a good sign for South Sydney fans to see the club so active in the player market already, an aspect that has been certainly lacking in Michael Maguire’s time at the club, with Gagai and Ben Te’o his only major recruits.

20 COMMENTS

  1. On current forn Kaufusi would a welcome addition to the Rabbitohs squad who still need to fill the hole left by the defection of Angus “knuckles” Crichton in 2019. It is all just talk and speculation for the monent though.

        • @ jayy12

          But Melbourne is generosity itself and has SO much more to give. Don’t the Mexicans have a factory where talent is mass produced? They even recycle old players! Our coach (“Seibold the Salior”) learned his trade at Melbourne and prefers to stick to the local produce. Never fear, “captain Seibold” will make sure that your waters are not overfished and is always sure to batten down the hatches and be ever alert for Storm warnings. 😉

  2. I wish Souths would keep these things secret so other clubs don’t bid for him, certainly would be an ideal replacement for Crichton, good to see Souths active so early, hopefully RTS signs as well, all good signs for the future, also was not aware that Maguire was so inactive in the player market, was this deliberate by him to keep faith or simply no foresight? interesting observation by Jack Blyth there, what is your opinion then Jack, you implying Maguire had no foresight, not sure where you were going with this, please explain i am curious.

    • I think Madge believed in investing in the young talent coming through at Souths. There always needs to be a mix of development and recruitment and each club needs to be able to retain their best players. The Rabbitohs dropped the ball with Crichton.

    • Ever heard of the term ”smoke screen”? I don’t have any inside information but if you want to put people off your ideas, introduce another idea. Wait and see.

  3. Rabbits! Chalky, one eye… where are you? Are you boys lost in the rabbit warren or have you gone off the reservation altogether? I’d be interested in your thoughts on this (and Rabbits rhyming verse for both “Felise” and “Kaufusi”). Btw, felice means happy in another lingo… just a suggestion Rabbits. Just a suggestion.

  4. With so many former storm players looking average after leaving the storm system, i’d be reluctant to offer big money to any current storm player.

    • True. It will be interesting to see how Tohu Harris goes now that he has signed with the Warriors and fallen off the map into the realm of “here be dragons!”

  5. Of course, Stewart, Farah, Grant, Tuquri…them there nobodies Madge signed. Fair dinkum. Kaufusing, eh? Agenda’s Jack.

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