Retiring in 2019 after a 336-game career in the NRL and becoming the longest-serving Rabbitohs player, Sutton began his coaching career in the club's SG Ball program before being elevated to a development coach and now earning a promotion to work under Jason Demetrious as an assistant coach.
His promotion comes after Sam Burgess (Warrington Wolves) and John Morris (Wests Tigers) have left the club as the Rabbitohs turn a new page in their coaching structure. Sutton will join Ben Hornby and 2023 Grand Final-winning NSW Cup coach Joe O'Callaghan as assistants at the club.
Having worked closely with the younger players at the club, Sutton told News Corp that rising stars Tyrone Munro, Tallis Duncan, Jye Gray, Ben Lovett, and Thomas Fletcher will all progress to first grade next season.
“The sky is the limit for Tyrone Munro, he could be anything,'' Sutton said.
“They're all going to be putting pressure on first grade for sure.
“After [a] poor end to our season everyone is focused on the future. I've always been about this football team and this club and I will always put that first.
“I'm committed to one thing and that is coaching the boys the South Sydney way.''
“I did a lot of work with our reserve grade team last season and mostly the spine and backrowers,” Sutton added.
“I did some really rewarding stuff with them and went onto win the competition, so I think JD (Demetriou) recognised that he could use me a lot more, particularly the guys that are just on the fringe.
“It's a great sign of trust from JD. Just to be able to work with first grade now, and be more hands-on is something I'm really looking forward to.