The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The signing of Harrison for three years, which was completed on Thursday of this week, was announced today at the luncheon to celebrate the fact that it is one year since the reinstatement of the Rabbitohs into the NRL. Harrison, highly thought of at the Broncos, brings three years first grade experience with him at the tender age of 21.
Harrison, born and bred in Brisbane, was disappointed he had to leave his home but saw great opportunity at the Bunnies.
Harrison has proven versatility given he has played in the back row, at hooker and in the halves at various stages throughout his career. With his high skill level, strength and diversity in attack, Ashley Harrison is the type of footballer every successful club needs. He is a player of the future and for this young footballer the sky is the limit.
Added to this is the signing of lock forward Justin Smith from the St George Illawarra Dragons. Smith, who has played only a handful of first grade games, has impressed judges this year with his ability to break the line and his high involvement.
Smith, who has spent time at the Sydney Roosters before joining the Dragons, is a Narromine junior and has strong ties with that area. He has pledged himself to the Rabbitohs for two years.
Mark Minichiello is the younger brother of Roosters winger Anthony, and plays in the backrow or at hooker. This exciting young player comes highly recommended by Roosters officials, and is young enough to build an outstanding career at the Bunnies.
Added to the signing of Bryan Fletcher, Willie Peters and Ahmad Bajouri, these next three future Rabbitohs are giving the team the look of a real threat to the premiership.
For more information contact South Sydney Rabbitohs Communications Coordinator James Smith on 0411 667 896.