BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Hymel Hunt of the Rabbitohs breaks away from the defence during the round eight NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have re-signed centre Hymel Hunt until at least the end of the 2018 season.

Hunt, 22, played 13 NRL games for the Rabbitohs in 2016 despite tearing his pectoral muscle early on in the season.

The former Queensland under 20s and Junior Kangaroos representative overcame his pectoral injury to establish himself in the Rabbitohs’ backline, contributed to a strong back end of the season and is now ready to build on that form in 2017.

“I’ve really found a home here at the Rabbitohs and the boys are like brothers to me,” Hunt said.

“I’m really wanted to stay and keep building on what we’ve done this year, so I couldn’t be happier about re-signing.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back into training in the pre-season and getting ready for a big 2017 season.”

Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire says he’s very pleased to see Hunt staying in the red and green.

“Hymel has had a strong season when he was able to get out on the field and we saw a dedication to develop his character and a desire to show a positive approach to first grade football during this time,” Coach Maguire said.

“We have some young talent coming through the ranks in our outside backs and Hymel has been one of those young players adding to the depth we are seeing in those positions

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“We’re excited to see him back at full fitness and seeing what he can achieve throughout the pre-season as we work towards the start of the 2017 season.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Dean Britt (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Braidon Burns (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Anthony Cherrington (2017), Adam Doueihi (2021), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers, 2019), Tyrell Fuimaono (Parramatta Eels, 2019), Campbell Graham (2021), Brett Greinke (Mid Season: Brisbane Broncos, 2017), Gabriel Hamlin (2019), Dean Hawkins (2018), Mawene Hiroti (2019), Robert Jennings (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Luke Kelly (Parramatta Eels, 2017), Sitiveni Moceidreke (2017), Robbie Rochow (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Ky Rodwell (2018), Lucky Ta'avale (2018), Tyrone Taukamo (2018), Connor Tracey (Cronulla Sharks, 2019)
2017 Losses
Kirisome Auva'a (Parramatta Eels), Nathan Brown (Parramatta Eels), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Paul Carter (Sydney Roosters), Brock Gray (Sydney Roosters), Chris Grevsmuhl (Gold Coast Titans), Tom Hughes (Newcastle Knights), Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters), Samisoni Langi (Leigh Centurions), Cameron McInnes (St George Illawarra Dragons), Michael Oldfield (Canberra Raiders)
Jason Clark (2020), Damien Cook (2023), Jack Gosiewski (2019), Hymel Hunt (2019), Greg Inglis (2020), Zane Musgrove (2021), Adam Reynolds (2021), Cody Walker (2020)
Off Contract 2019
Dean Britt, George Burgess, Thomas Burgess, Braidon Burns, Jacob Gagan, Mawene Hiroti, Matt McIlwrick, Mark Nicholls, Bayley Sironen, John Sutton, Tevita Tatola, Connor Tracey, Kyle Turner
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    • Agreed, Musgrove (like Hunt) was developing nicely but both had a lot of time out of the game due to injury this year. Looking forward to both getting more playing time next season.

        • chalky

          “Even though he is signed for next year, Cook still needs to be re-signed for longer,”

          You read my mind! And I think to sweeten the deal Souths should look at upgrading the $$’s as well. They should also promise him first shot at hooker (i.e. the first 4-5 games) then review on form.

        • chalky/3hats

          Surely Cook could be on $300K – $350K surely? Think of it as an investment in the future. Tell him if he plays out of his skin next season then it could be upgraded to $400K. Like chalky said on the “Cronulla to sign Tony Williams” forum,

          “If Cook was to leave, who would be the back-up for Farrah? I don’t think we have one good enough, so why let him go?”

          Remember Farah will be gone in two years so even $350K upgrade for 2017 and promise to assess at the end of the year and upgrade to $500K if form merits this. Hooker is a crucial position. Souths need to get this one right. We don’t want to end up with cast offs like Rein or Lichaa!

        • musgrove is definatly a must signing is that grunt off the bench that needed at souths as for hymel hunt this guys has the talent to even push for a qld jersey the only problem is injuries, he has had horror run of injuries when he was at storm and then when he was just hitting his straps in nrl he went down again, hopefully this guy isn’t like tautau moga where he has the talent to be special but fades to the unknown because he can’t stay on the field

    • Zane Musgrove is already signed for 2017, he actually signed a 2-year second tier contract with Souths in December 2015 for the 2016 and ’17 season.
      I spoke to him at Souths final training session this season.

      He did very well for Souths in his 6 games considering that he was out injured for most of the season.
      That was enough for Madge to want to keep him.
      Souths are negotiating with his manager for an upgrade for 2017 and an extra 2 seasons extensions for 2018 and 2019.

      Listed above SIOSIFA TALAKAI in the off contract list, that is wrong also as he is signed up for 2017.

      • I like what I have seen from Musgrove thus far. I especially remember his running battle with Daniel Saifiti in our last game against the Knights. Musgrove just gave it to Saifiti (a bigger man) both with the ball and in defence. Saifiti was rattled and upset and off his game because of this. Everything from Musgrove was fair and legal, no cheap shots.

        I also like how he appears to be developing a bond with Sam Burgess who looks like he is mentoring him and coming up to him on field and encouraging him.

        Musgrove and the Burgess twins will do nicely as Souths front row options. Just need to bring through a couple of quality young back rowers now.

  1. All looks good for the Bunnies next year, glad we tied up Hunt and we need to tie Musgrove in as well before the leeches come, all we need to do now is get Reynolds to commit for a few more years and Cook also, i am glad Souths said no to Cook’s release request, about time a club stood it’s ground, i reckon he will excel next year even though we have Farah and hopefully Cook will want to stay, i have a sneaking suspicion Farah will only last one season to be honest and Souths will then give Cook the permanent role.

    I am obviously biased to Souths but i like what Sam Burgess said at the end of the season when he said they have now learn’t from this season and will take a new found confidence into 2017, i believe Souths will make the GF next year and play Canberra, so there’s a call, hopefully i’m right.

    • penso

      “Farah will only last one season to be honest and Souths will then give Cook the permanent role”

      Provided he hasn’t left before then! That is my concern.

      “Souths will make the GF next year and play Canberra”

      It’s a loooooong way out for that I think. I think both the Panthers and the Raiders will improve again on this year and if not top 4 will be in the top 6 for sure. At least one should be top 4 though. As for Souths, it depends what happens between Farah and Cook, and on Inglis’ knees. Souths biggest problem as I see it is a lack of depth. We have signed a few good young juniors but they may still take a while to develop. In the meantime the if we have injuries in key positions Souths will be exposed I fear.

      I still feel confident of a top 8 finish (possibly top 6 if things go our way).

      • I thought there would be some happy Bunnies supporters when I read the headline. He looks really solid already, and is only going to get better.

        And I’ve got to admit, it’s a top 8 side, barring a bad run injury wise (like any other team).

        Now if I was a stirrer, and of course I’m not, I could say something like, it’s a shame you shunned your up and coming young players, like Cook, for a quick fix, like Farah. JUST KIDDING.

        • eelsalmighty

          “eelsalmighty! Don’t start me eelsalmighty! Don’t start me!” 😉

          We are seriously lacking for a hooker though if Cook leaves and anything happens to Farah. So fingers crossed. Hymel Hunt didn’t get a lot of opportunity this year due to injury but by the back end of the year he was starting to look good and show a lot of promise.

          Souths have signed two great young talents from Holden Cup for next year (Braidon Burns (Panthers) & Tyrell Fuimaono (Eels), both play centre. Fuimaono lead the Holden Cup in running metres this year and covers centre and second row.

          But we are not very well covered across all positions for depth from what I can tell. So Souths will have to be lucky in terms of injuries and suspensions.

        • I hear you, and understand. I hope you can keep Cook etc.

          From the depths of despair this year, as a Parra supporter, the biggest surprise / upside I’ve seen to date, is what a team can do when their heart is in it. We had players playing out of position everywhere (Taka’s, Edwards, Ma’u etc) and guys like Gutherson playing 1-6 almost before he had as many games.

          If you’ve got a good team, and they back the club and their coach, that’s gold.

  2. Would like to see Cook & Musgrove tied up for a long period..
    Also think we need a fullback (just to prolong Ingliss’ career)
    K.LOCKE would do nicely

    • 1eyedrabbit

      I’m not convinced Locke isn’t past his used by date in the NRL. I really don’t want to see Walker moved from 5/8 but if Inglis goes down and AJ can’t make it at FB I would rather see Walker go to FB and Cook go to the halves (where he started). Yet ANOTHER reason why Souths need to hold on to Cook. I have big raps on BOTH Cook & Musgrove. Also on Angus Crichton and Hymel Hunt.

  3. Definitely a good resigning for the bunnies. I have feeling 2017 will be a much better year for you, just as long as you finish ahead of the rorters.

    • daffy

      “I have feeling 2017 will be a much better year”

      Souths’ problem will be depth. They have signed some good young players who are “perhaps” not quite ready for first grade. As long as there are no problems with injury or suspension to key personnel then I fully expect Souths will be a top 8 team next year (assuming Cook can stay at hooker).

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