The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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An explosive hooker, Damien Cook joined the Rabbitohs in October of 2015 and went on to represent the Rabbitohs 17 times in 2016. He made 462 tackles, 15 offloads and was handy with his boot - kicking seven goals and 21 times in open play for 554 kick metres.
Cook was heavily involved in the Rabbitohs strong finish to the 2016 season, playing every minute of our last five fixtures and assisting in two tries in Rounds 25 & 26.
Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire is happy with Cook's decision to remain in the Red & Green until the end of season 2019. Maguire points to Cook's professionalism and growth as a football player as signs that a big future lies ahead for Damien Cook.
"Damien Cook is a true professional when it comes to his footy," said Maguire.
"The dedication he displays on the field and during training has really seen him evolve as a player. The combinations he's formed within the team and the skill we saw from Cook at the back end of this season comes directly from that determination he has.
"I'm really excited about what we will see from Cook in the coming seasons as he continues to improve his game."
Cook was equally excited about re-signing with the Rabbitohs and echoed Maguire's comments about the opportunity to progress as a player in the Red & Green.
"I'm really happy to have secured my future with the Rabbitohs and I think it's a really great opportunity for me to develop and progress as a player," said Cook.
"I feel like as a team we had a really strong finish to the season and I'm sure we'll build on that through the pre-season and into 2017. I want to be a part of that and I'm keen to get stuck in with the boys.
"The Members have always been really supportive and I really appreciate that - They're definitely a big part of what makes this Club so great to play for."