South Sydney have confirmed the signing of Jack Wighton for next season, with the Raiders fullback set to play left centre for the Rabbitohs. Isaiah Tass currently occupies that position and has said he is happy to fill in “wherever I need to.” However, he remains contracted to Souths for another year and has expressed his desire to stay at the club, saying “I love this club, they have given me this opportunity and whatever happens, happens.”
Tass’ commitment to Souths was reaffirmed when he scored the winning try against Penrith after news broke about the Wighton signing. Tass welcomes the arrival of Wighton, a player he came up against during Souths’ loss to the Raiders last week, saying “When he comes here he will strengthen the team, he’s a star player, he’s up there in the top 10 or top five, wherever you want to name him…he’s going to bring that winning mentality with him.”
Despite his underrated contributions this season, including five tries and an average of 140 metres per game, Tass’ higher-profile teammates are also in the spotlight with seven pressing for selection for the State of Origin game in Brisbane. Mitchell, Walker, Cook, Tatola, Koloamatangi and Graham are all vying to join Murray in the squad.
In other news, Jason Ryles has decided not to take the Dragons head coaching job, potentially leaving an opportunity for Souths’ assistants, Ben Hornby or John Morris, to fill the void. Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou has praised both coaches and has said he would be happy for either to take up the post.