GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: John Sutton of the Rabbitohs makes a break during the round 14 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

South Sydney Rabbitohs backrower John Sutton is content in waiting to receive a contract extension with the Redfern club.

Sutton, who is in his 15th season in the NRL, is set to become the first ever player to reach 300 games for South Sydney come Saturday when they take on the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.

Despite being ‘quietly confident’ about securing a new one-year deal with the club, Sutton is prepared to wait while the club re-signs several promising youngsters for the future of the club.

Sutton told Fairfax Media on Monday he only has intentions of staying a one club player.

“I just have to keep playing well and hopefully they can fit me in,” Sutton said.

“I’m quietly confident. I’m playing good football and my body is still good. I played every game last year and this year, so there’s no reason I can’t go around again.

“We have some great players coming through the club they are trying to re-sign, I understand that because they’re the future of the club. I just have to bide my time and wait for things to pan out for me.”

The milestone game will be rivaled by ex-teammate Robbie Farah’s 250th game in a Wests Tigers jersey in the game which could give Souths their 10th straight win for the season.

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The build-up to the ANZ showdown surrounds the milestone men, with Souths wearing specially made 300 t-shirts at training on Monday, with Sutton revealing he’s not too focused on the milestone compared to the win itself, but admits there’ll be a mixture of excitement and nerves come 5:30pm.

Sutton hasn’t ruled out a possible move to the Super League in the future, but remains adamant he wants to play on at South Sydney.

“England is too far, too cold. I’d never say never because one of my good mates, Reni [Maitua], is doing player recruitment at [RLF Championship team] Toronto,” Sutton said.

“You never know, I could hit him up to see what’s going on over there. But I’d like to play another year at Souths. That’s my focus.”


  1. With Crichton going to the Roosters, Souths need Sutton for next year. I can’t see too many second rowers knocking the door down.

  2. From what I have seen, Sutton is having a strong year. But there is always that question about one year too long. Probably one of those unlucky players – probably deserved a NSW jumper.

  3. Wow!!!!!! it has taken a whopping 109 seasons for this club to get a player to crack 300. Just maybe this club should be called the true “Transit Lounge”😎

    • You bloody idiot.
      Since 1970 right up until about 2007 The Rabbitohs had all of our best Juniors ripped off us by pathetic Rich Clubs with Silver Spoons wedged up their A$$ like your Scum Rorters!
      Manly, the Dogs and so on.

      Since Rusty came on board the Rabbitohs simply didn’t have the coin to keep our best players!
      That is why Sutton is the First, he stayed with Souths for less.

    • Has an actual junior from Easts played more than 300 games? not sure , but what i am sure of is that Souths were always losing players to other clubs, particular Easts and Manly and like 3 hats said , if it wasn’t for Rusty we would never have been competitive.
      At least the oldest club playing the NRL can more than hold their own thanks to Russell and Homes a court.

      • And to answer the typical response from Woodckook, I wouldn’t be bragging to much about Easts playing more games than Souths, that just makes it worse by the fact your club is so far behind us in premierships won.

        • Penso 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣Luke Ricketson born and bred in red, white and blue country Penso played over 300 games for the Roosters well over 10 years ago. Looks like your knowledge of Rugby League is very limited Penso. As Souths have played in less seasons than the Roosters this statistic is pleasing for me to inform your one eye mind, that Souths have lost far more games than Easts and Souths have won far more wooden spoons than Easts. 🀣🀣🀣🀣πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ In fact of all the clubs left in the comp still playing today the old rabbits are running 2nd on the all time list of Wooden Spoon Winners with 8.

      • If Victor Radley can play 300 games for the Roosters he would be the first junior to do so. In fact, he is the only junior they have at the moment playing in the top grade.

        • chalky
          July 18, 2018 at 8:56 am
          ReportIf Victor Radley can play 300 games for the Roosters he would be the first junior to do so. In fact, he is the only junior they have at the moment playing in the top grade.

          That comment is 1 of the stupidest things I have heard you say. Have you not heard of Latrell Mitchell? Hahaha your losing your mind old man

        • Hey Red v90 are we talking about the Latrell Mitchell who’s junior club was at Taree, or is ther another one?

      • β€œHas an actual junior from Easts played more than 300 games? not sure” you really are an idiot, old pension. Have you not heard of minichiello?

        • Mitchell is still a roosters junior.

          And yes he has played 300 games, you know nothing pension, you are an embarrassment to all souths supporters.

        • Redv90 you are wrong mate, Penso knows a little bit about everything and a lot about nothing. He did not know Minichello 302 and Ricketson 301 have been in the 300 club for years. Maybe Penso is only a child following League since is 10th birthday last year.

  4. It’s slack the NRL won’t allow Souths to give him a testimonial cause he never played played origin or Aust. Sometimes exceptions need to be made in a commonsense way, Souths did not sign him saying he would get extra money from a testimonial, but to play 300 games for one club i would think deserves it, and i could not see anyoneone complaining about that if the NRL agreed to allow it.

    Hopefully if Souths go on and win the comp then this would be a fitting way for him to retire.

    • He shouldn’t be allowed to have a testimonial match, but neither should Thurston or grub face smith… another way to get the rich richer, that game was a joke and should he barred forever as something they allow

    • I am complaining Penso. He was not a good enough player for rep teams but as Souths have been pretty useless over the years he never had any hope of making rep teams. He picked up a wooden spoon in 2006 and only played 5yrs of semi footy with the no hopers Souths in 07, 20013-2015 that’s a lousy 5 semi final series. 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 and I think he was injured for one of those series.πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

      • Yes i saw also on the news that Ricketson had played 300 games, 301 actually, if you had read my statement i asked if any Easts junior had played that many games, your maturity with both you and redv90 shines through yet again, and has for your most wooden spoons comment, what does matter, it is how many comps you have won that counts, really clutching at straws woody and like Easts your got nothing.

        • How many Grand finals can you honestly say you remember with vivid memories as a Souths fan watching them play in? Not Many Penso in fact I believe you may have only seen old footage of past ancient glories and you have witnessed more Wooden Spoon victories than Premierships. Remember the Wooden Spoons your rabbit team collected in 1975, 1990, 2003, 2004, 2006, how many premierships did you say Penso in your life time? I don’t like the odds here Penso knowing Souths have played in 1 Grand Final in 47 years, compared to the Roosters 10 in 47 years.🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 πŸ’ͺπŸ€ πŸ‘Ž

        • So you have only heard of ricketson because of that article? Hahaha stop acting like you know what your talking about. You didn’t even know mini played 300, did you only start watching footy in 2014?

  5. Why would i care less about how many Juniors have Easts had that played over 300 games, i put the question out there, I did not say no Easts players had achieved that just asked the question, talk about thick skin, and for your info Woody and redv , I played for both Easts and Souths in my junior days, infact grew up and played all my school football with Kevin Hastings, we were best mates, so i have an insight on how both clubs ran their junior programs in that era.

    Your comment Woody about Sutton proves that he deserves a testimonial when playing for a club that kept losing players to Easts and Manly when both clubs tried to buy comps, at least he stayed loyal and went through the bad times more often than good times, if only the current players could do the same.

    Redv i thought you were a St George supporter, your better off at Easts anyway, they know how to handle dickheads better than most, at least Woody admits when he is wrong, in saying that Woody, again, what has that got do with premierships won, for the record I saw Souths V Balmain grand final 1969 , you cannot fabricate history to suit yourself Woody.

    • Penso do you remember it? Balmain won that comp in 1969 lucky Beetson was suspended or they may have thrashed you blokes, So what are you telling me mate. Since you have been following the rabbit, you have witnessed their presence in 4 grand finals, winning 3 and winning 5 Wooden Spoons. That’s what I have been saying all along that you have won more spoons than comps. 21 is irrelevant for our life time. If you played in the Roosters juniors with your best mate Horrie, then why do you follow Souths?

      There is no fabrication of facts here Penso, You keep bringing up that Souths have won 21 comps when actual fact in your supporting the Rabbit life span it is only 3 and the Roosters have won four. So this is my point Penso. From now on just quote the fact Roosters 4 Rabbit 3.

      But anyway Penso I have a great feeling this will be the grand final that will be a classic if the Roosters meet Souths in this 2018 big one. It will introduce another generation of young fans with that special rivalry we all share.

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