The South Sydney Rabbitohs have signed exciting young players Dean Britt and Jesse Arthars for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Britt, 23, is a second rower who has been a part of the Melbourne Storm’s under 20s and full-time squads over the past five seasons.

Britt represented NSW in under 20s and under 18s Origin series’ and played for the Queensland Residents team in 2017. Dean is the son of former Australian representative player Darren Britt.

Arthars, 18, is a fullback or winger from the Melbourne Storm system, who was the leading points scorer in the Holden Cup under 20s competition in 2016 and is part of the Storm’s under 20s leadership group.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire believes both players have their best football in front of them.

“We’ve been following Dean’s and Jesse’s growth as players for a while now and we believe, with hard work and dedication, that they can earn themselves a spot in our top 17 players,” Coach Maguire said.

“They are the types of players that will put everything into their football to be the best that they can be.

“They have both indicated that they are keen to join us to learn their trade from our senior players and to give their all in an effort to play first grade at our Club.

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“We wish them both luck for the remainder of this season and we look forward to having them join us later this year.”


  1. Sounds like good news but the jump up in class is always a risk. Does this mean that Johnston is gone?

  2. Souths are recruiting wrong. Need to rid themselves of the burgess twins and bolster their forward pack. Adam Blair and Nelson Asofa Solomona are off contract in 2018 and maybe they could snare gallen for 1 last season?

    • That is your opinion but not quite correct.
      Both Britt and Arthars are going to be fine players in the future.
      Recruiting is a gradual progression as you add a few players and lose a few excess players you don’t need.
      Each year.

      GI, Burges Bros, Hunt, Jennings, Burns, Crichton Fuimaono, Cook, Cherrington, Walker, Turner were all recruited at one time or another.

      Add our really good Juniors in the squad and you have the nucleus of a good team.

    • Nelson Asofa Solomona will re-sign with the Storm.
      Blair will be a good pick up.
      The squads are increasing next season to 30 players plus 6 development players so signing an extra 5 players is mandatory.

      We will be losing Tyrrell, Goodwin, Neilson and Gray at least.
      We signed 3 players plus the 2 Juniors to Full-Time contracts.
      We have a total of 25 players signed up for 2018.
      3 of those 25 players may be a part of those 6 Development players so, in reality, we need at least another 6 players.

      We can’t afford to lose the Burgess twins, they have both been much better this past month.

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