South Sydney coach Craig Coleman will build a new-look Rabbitohs line-up around Willie Peters after signing the highly-rated halfback for the next three National Rugby League seasons.
Souths on Wednesday confirmed the recruitment of Peters and Sydney Roosters test forward Bryan Fletcher on three-year deals and Wests Tigers three-quarter Ahmad Bajouri for two seasons as the club strives to lift itself out of the premiership doldrums.
The Rabbitohs also re-signed promising junior Nathan Merritt for another year.
Souths have struggled to settle on a halfback this season but Coleman, himself a former quality No.7, said he'd hit the jackpot luring Peters, 23, back to Redfern from St George Illawarra.
"He'll give us much-needed direction and his kicking game is second to none," Coleman said.
"He's very enthusiastic about returning to South Sydney. He is a top-class halfback, he's only 22 or 23 and his best football's ahead of him.
"We're going to build our team around Willie Peters."
Souths have slipped to equal-last on the table in their first season back in the NRL but chief executive Paul Dunn was confident the club's strong recruitment drive will help the Rabbitohs challenge for a top-eight position in 2003.
Dunn said the club was hopeful of announcing more good news before the end of the week.Like