SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Jason Clark of the Rabbitohs looks on with stitches in his head following the round 10 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on May 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

South Sydney junior Jason Clark has announced 2018 will be his last year in Redfern after a decade-long stint at the club.

A Coogee Randwick Wombats junior, it was only fitting that Clark would become the Rabbitoh’s first Toyota Cup captain in 2008, scoring 20 tries in his 47 NYC games.

Since making his NRL debut late in the 2009 season, Clark has amassed 148 NRL games, including the memorable 2014 Grand Final victory over Canterbury.

Despite captaining Souths just last week against Wigan, Clark has revealed that his 10th season in the NRL with the Rabbitohs will be his last.

“I’m signed until the end of the year, but the club told me before last season finished that they wouldn’t have anything for me in 2019. I didn’t see it coming,” Clark said.

“Shane Richardson called me into his office and said, ‘Mate, I don’t want you to take this as a personal thing, it’s just the direction the club’s heading in.'”

While the former City Origin forward is sure to attract interest from rival NRL clubs, Clark has refused to rule out a move to the English Super League.

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“I’ve got to find a new club. If I have to relocate outside of Sydney, to keep playing in the NRL or go to Super League in England, I’ll need to nail something down pretty soon.”

The move comes as a timely reminder that rugby league is first and foremost a business, an adage that Clark has kept forefront in his mind after the news.

“I’ve got full respect for Richo for letting me know upfront. It was better finding out then, rather than with a few rounds to go this season. Rugby league’s a business, but I know Richo and it wouldn’t have been easy for him to deliver that kind of news.”

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Clark is expected to line-up on Saturday in Mudgee, in what will become his last Charity Shield with the Rabbitohs, as he looks to impress rival suitors and end his South Sydney career on a high note.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Sad state of affairs. Watched him play as a young bloke for Wombats always a loyal player, know his parents well. I’m a Dragons fan but still feel for him. Good luck Clarkie any team will glad to have you. Stay Well

  2. Just another thing wrong with the nrl.Local has to look elsewhere so he can get best deal for his future.I have no doubt he would prefer to stay and in perfect world the bunnies keep him but it’s a business i get that I just can’t understand the nrl thinking on certain things.Surely let him sign on as a fringe player and let rusty pay him what ever he likes to work in the club part time.Looks good for the NRL as he will be one clubman.Looks good for Souths and always great to go to the leagues club and see players working.And works well for him and his family..Dont mention the salary cap as for any hot day in rabbit land you can always see plenty shade under uncle nics sombrero on the otherside of the road

  3. I hope Melbourne snap him up, with Hoffman to retire at the end of the season a player like Clark would be a handy pickup, especially with the Bellamy magic

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