SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31: Zane Musgrove of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have extended the contract of young front rower Zane Musgrove for a further three years, keeping him at the Club until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Musgrove, 20, made his first grade debut in round one of the 2016 season against the Roosters and missed a large portion of the season through injury. He returned for the back end of the season, registering six first grade games in his first year of NRL football.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire is pleased to see Musgrove extend his tenure with the Club.

“Zane worked hard to make his debut last season and he knows what it will take to cement a place in our top 17 moving forward,” Coach Maguire said.

“He has shown that he is prepared to put in the work to achieve his and the team’s goals and that work ethic is why we see a future for him here at the Rabbitohs.

“He is still young for a front rower but he is showing the signs of what it takes to make it in the NRL and I know that myself and my coaching staff are looking forward to working with him to create more competition for spots in our front row.

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“Zane is one of a number of young, up-and-coming players we have developing in our system and I’m really looking forward to helping him reach his potential.”

Musgrove is delighted to be extending his career with South Sydney.

“I’m really happy to have re-signed with Souths and to get to play here with my team mates is a dream come true,” Musgrove said.

“We’re all prepared to do the work we need to do to be successful and I’m looking forward to the season ahead and building on what was achieved in 2016.

“Souths is a great Club and I couldn’t be happier to be staying here for the next four years.”

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, 2018), Campbell Graham (2019), Brett Greinke (Mid Season: Brisbane Broncos, 2017), Gabriel Hamlin (2019), Dean Hawkins (2019), Mawene Hiroti (2019), Robert Jennings (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Sam Johnstone (2020), Luke Kelly (Parramatta Eels, 2017), Sitiveni Moceidreke (2017), Robbie Rochow (Newcastle Knights, 2019), Ky Rodwell (2020), Lucky Ta'avale (2019), Tyrone Taukamo (2019), 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 (2019), Jack Gosiewski (2019), Hymel Hunt (2018), Greg Inglis (2020), Zane Musgrove (2020), Adam Reynolds (2021), Cody Walker (2020)
Off Contract 2018
Billy Brittain, Tyrell Fuimaono, Hymel Hunt, Robert Jennings, Richard Kennar, Vincent Leuluai, Jesse Martin, John Sutton
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  1. Please explain , ???? In more news I hope Junior P puts Gal on his backside and I’ve got to say Foran looks dame fine ,,,,, he will kill it for the Warriors ,,, who is this young lad SSTID !!!

    • silvertail47

      He is a good young prop forward from out junior ranks (Kiwi born), only 20 yrs old. He debuted in round 1 this year and got injured and was out for most of the season before coming back to first grade at the end of the year and finishing strong. He had a head to head battle with Daniel Saifit (Knights) in round 25 and came out well on top both with the ball and in defence. At 192 cm 109 kg he adds serious size to our pack and he doesn’t take a backward step.

      I’m VERY happy and relieved he has re-signed and he is going to improve again next year I am certain. If you watch the games it is clear Sam Burgess has taken him under his wing and is encouraging him at every opportunity. Once he gets some consistent first grade footy next year he will develop into a very good young prop forward. Any Souths supporter here who knows our players will tell you he will be in the starting 17 next year for sure to backup the twins (Tom & George). They will be our 3 props, if Rochow plays he will be in the back row (in a Fensom work horse type role).

      They could have picked a more flattering photo though, he knocked Daniel Saifiti on his backside many times in their round 25 clash for example. Very excited for 2017!!

    • boomchez

      Daniel Saifiti is also a contender for that crown but in their round 25 clash Musgrove was the CLEAR winner in their very pronounced head-to-head battle. I am VERY happy with Musgrove and he will complement the Twins perfectly in 2017.

    • sunnybill

      Farah has been known to pull off some 40/20’s in his time and (being a former half) Cook has a clever short kicking game (as does Robbie near the line). So by your admission (no number 9 who can kick) the Sharks aren’t going to make the top 4 next year?

  2. Musgrove’s re-signing is the last piece of the puzzle as far as I’m concerned, although I’m not sure we have our centres sorted yet.

    No predictions from me but the team for 2017 is looking very good.

  3. decent pack lookin a lot more like the 2014 side. i think critchon and musgrove will give the impact they havent had since teo and gurgess did that year.
    8. turgess
    9. farah
    10. gurgess
    11. sutton
    12. rochow
    13. surgess
    14. cook
    15. clark
    16. critchon
    17. musgrove


    • The pack will be

      08 George
      09 Farah
      10 Tom
      11 Turner
      12 Sutton
      13 Sam
      14 Cook
      15 Crichton
      16 Clark
      17 Musgrove

      18 Rochow
      19 Fuimaono
      20 Greinke
      21 Gosiewski
      22 Murray
      23 Tyrrell

      • Agree with your prediction except 16 Clark IMO he and Tyrrell are backup value only. If he has a strong preseason I think Rochow will get a shot in the bac row instead. At this point I would also have Gosiewski ahead of Clark. Also 19, 20 and 21 all look very promising. Pity the Roosters stoke Nat Butcher because those 4 would (along with Crichton) would see our back row set for years to come.

  4. 3 Hats pack is the go, Clark needs to be there he is a good solid player , a worker who does the hard stuff with out the reconition, anyway i’m not afraid to predict for next year, in fear of hexing us, i honestly believe that we will contest the preliminary final at worse, with Musgroves re-signing we have the depth in the forwards, what i like is what the players said ie-S Burgess and Inglis about learning from this year it gives me a real positive outlook on 2017, seriously is there a better roster than ours next year? if a team were to beat us they will know they have been in a game and will need to perform at their best to beat us.

    • penso

      “is there a better roster than ours next year?”

      There are some pretty good teams lining up next season but Souths look as strong as any. I think it will be tight next year as there are a lot of very strong looking teams. Souths will have to take one game at a time and avoid significant injuries if they are to make the impact they did in 2014.

      “Clark needs to be there he is a good solid player”

      I like Clark as a reliable backup but at 27 yrs of age he should be further along in his career than he is. He is in a similar mould IMO to Josh Jackson (25 yrs) and look at the difference and you will get what I mean, and he is 2 years younger!

      I think Souths have so many very good (potentially great) young back rowers coming through that we have to start to blood them and bring them along. Not all at once but they need to get time (particularly against the lower ranked teams where they will not be exposed to as much pressure). If they don’t get a chance Souths will run the risk that they will get poached by another club who will. Remember Sam Burgess was just 22 yrs old when he first played for Souths! Ash Taylor is 21 and Nathan Cleary 18 so age doesn’t have to be a limiting factor in giving young talent a go (but obviously there needs to be some common sense applied when making this assessment).

      The same goes for Bryson Goodwin and Dane Nielsen IMO. Both will be 31 by the start of next season and that is too old for an outside back unless they are exceptional. You need younger bodies with fresh legs and plenty of stamina and speed. I am happy Souths have both for depth and as reliable backups but there are younger players who should get first crack.

      Teams have to get the mix of youth and experience right. They can’t afford to go too far one way or the other or they will be exposed when older players move on or retire.

      Also Musgrove is more than just depth, he is a genuine member of the 17 man team every week if fit. I also expect Robbie Rochow to play a role as well.

      “i like is what the players said ie-S Burgess and Inglis about learning from this year”

      Yeah mate, it’s all part of the Madge Mantra but it isn’t just words there is truth behind them and belief. The reality of the situation is that Souths suffered from too many significant and costly injuries this season and mental lapses in defence and handling that put them under pressure and from there it snowballed. That is the nature of the game, that is where teams rise and fall each year in how they over come these challenges.

  5. SSTID. What you have said is spot on. my question is.

    Why did Souths resign Clark if they have good back up from their juniors.

    Older players like Bryson Goodwin add experience and they can be found to be most solid when the pressure games are on.

    I believe what Inglis and Burgess said about learning from this year is different from the Madge usual spiel, and they now know to deal with this, also Inglis saying that his knee is not a problem and that he aspires to be Aust captain makes me feel quite confident about his committement to playing at his best.

    Injuries play a part in all teams, that is a given, but you can only rate teams on their rosters at the start of the season and i believe Souths will be right in the mix come October 2017.

    • penso

      Sorry mate, missed going over this older story until now…

      “Why did Souths resign Clark if they have good back up from their juniors.”

      Loyalty to our juniors I think. Clark has been hard working and has put in a solid effort each time he has played and the I think Crowe, Richo and Madge want to reward that IMO.

      “I believe what Inglis and Burgess said about learning from this year is different from the Madge usual spiel”

      But they play in a 17 man side, the other 15 need to have learnt from this year as well. I only hope they have AND that they can apply that new found wisdom next year.

      “i believe Souths will be right in the mix come October 2017”

      If most of their football in 2017 closely resembles that of the last 5 rounds this year (AND they are not decimated by injury or suspensions then they have a VERY good chance IMO. Either way I am excited and optimistic about 2017!

  6. sidrwayne, whats with the funny names for the Burgess boys, are you taking the micky, or, just being disrespectful?

  7. I am NOT so sure that Tyrrell will start the season at Souths as he is being shopped around but there aren’t any Takers as yet.

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