BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 27: Jacob Gagan of the Sharks scores a try during the round 16 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on June 27, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced the signings of outside back Jacob Gagan and forward Jesse Martin for the 2018 season.

Gagan, 24, has played eight NRL games since making his debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in 2014, then going on to join the Newcastle Knights for the 2017 season.

Gagan represented the Australian Schoolboys and the NSW under 18s, and is equally adept at playing wing or centre.

Martin, 20, led the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles under 20s side as captain throughout their premiership-winning 2017 season, showing great leadership and a tremendous work ethic in leading the side to the final Holden Cup title.

Playing lock or hooker, the Canberra junior has ties to Rabbitohs Assistant Coach David Furner from his time coaching at the Raiders, with Martin choosing to play Rugby League despite attending rugby union school St Edmund’s College, just as Furner himself had done previously.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Anthony Seibold is pleased to have both Gagan and Martin joining the squad in Season 2018.

“Jacob was the Rookie of the Year for the Sharks in 2014 and unfortunately has had an injury-interrupted few years,” Coach Seibold said.

“He really showed his potential at the end of the 2014 season and we’re giving him an opportunity to find that form again within our squad.

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“Jacob will add depth to our outside backs and he will create more competition for spots in our top 17 which is very important for any NRL squad.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing what Jacob can achieve here at Souths.”

“Jesse comes to us following a very successful year leading Manly’s under 20s team to a Grand Final win, and we’ll be helping him take the next step up to the NRL level over the 2018 pre-season.

“He’s renowned for being a very hard worker, especially in all of the effort areas of the game, and we’re looking forward to seeing Jesse progress and develop with this opportunity.

“He’ll be given every chance throughout our pre-season training to step up and we’re all looking forward to working with him.”


      • Doing Pauline Hansen impersonations now chalky? eels47 is just upset that I recently steered comments away from tge Sea Eagles and the Eels to talk about some recent Rabbitohs announcements.

        Nothing to see here.

        • I’m glad someone understood……..billy didn’t. I don’t comment much these days because I like to read informative comments from others and a lot of them are constructive. The others….not worth it, but every now and then an opening appears and I can’t help myself.

          I save most of my comments for Souths.

        • “I save most of my comments for Souths.”

          I have a sinking feeling we will both be making some comments in the following days (or weeks ahead). News about Angus Crichton and not good news either for supporters of the cardinal and myrtle. Prepare to be gutted, I will be. Let’s just say that Moylan and Dugan may not be the only new faces in the shire!

          “I like to read informative comments from others and a lot of them are constructive.”

          Unfortunately we are at that time of the year again, “the silly season” when not all comments are informative or constructive but humour and banter help to fill the long lonely hours between the RL World Cup and the kick off for the 2018 season. We are long passed “Mad Monday” and it is a LONG off-season so be prepared for a change in regular programming from time to time. We will all go crazy if we stick to the story and stay on topic which in many cases is only speculation or personal opinion not news. Besides in all the years you have been on ZT have you ever seen the Sea Eagles or Eels fans stay on the story? Me neither!

      • Just some bait thrown hahahaha
        a souths article that doesnt have any comments on it – but somehow all other articles become about souffs 😂😂😂

        • It makes a welcome change after the Eels vs Sea Eagles tug of war hijacking every story for the last few years don’t you think? 😉

          souffs billy? Don’t start me billy, DON’T start me!

        • Yeah them guys – you gotta watch em.
          Esp that one on your left, the guy in the fishbowl, the guy hanging upside down in the cave and all their mates 😂😂

        • We don’t talk about the bat billy. 🦇

          He doesn’t see us and we don’t see him. But he does like to watch! 😂

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