Rumours are swirling about a significant shake-up for the South Sydney team following a disappointing season, with the addition of Jack Wighton believed to be the catalyst. After a promising start, the Rabbitohs, under Jason Demetriou, struggled to maintain their form, culminating in a loss to rivals, the Roosters in Round 27. Fox League’s James Hooper described their downfall as the “most significant surrender in NRL history”.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that this failure could instigate key positional changes for the Rabbitohs. Specifically, Latrell Mitchell might be moved from his current position as fullback to the centres. A Rabbitohs official, who preferred to remain anonymous, informed the Herald that Mitchell’s spot as fullback would likely be part of the end-of-season assessment for coach Demetriou.
This news follows NRL legend James Graham‘s prediction that Wighton, who’s due to join the Rabbitohs in 2024, might be moved into the halves. Graham hinted on Triple M that the South Sydney team has lacked patience on the field, rushing plays rather than building up over each set of six. He further criticised the team’s overreliance on individual player ability.
In light of this, Graham wouldn’t be surprised if the team reshuffles player positions, potentially pairing new recruit Wighton with Cody Walker in the halves. He further suggested that Walker might shift to the number seven position, with the team willing to trial this hybrid combination as a new strategy.
Meanwhile, Illias was under fire from former South Sydney players, who expressed their dissatisfaction. Craig Field, ex-Rabbitohs halfback, took to social media to voice his discontent about Illias’s performance, stating the player was not up to the standard the coach believed. This sentiment was echoed by club legend Craig Coleman.