Keaon Kolomatangi 2024 Contract Extension
25th October 2021
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the contract extension of second row forward Keaon Koloamatangi until at least the end of the 2024 season. Koloamatangi, 23, has been one of the leading lights in the Rabbitohsí forward pack in 2021, being rewarded with a regular starting position in the red and green as well as inclusion in the New South Wales State of Origin squad throughout the 2021 season. Koloamatangi has played 37 NRL games, including the 2021 NRL Grand Final, so far since making his NRL debut for South Sydney against the Melbourne Storm in round four, 2020. Keaon has proven himself to be one of the competitionís most damaging ball runners and is equally as strong in defence.
Koloamatangi is excited about extending his current term with South Sydney. "Souths is my junior club and I want to stay here for as long as I can," Koloamatangi said. "We made the Grand Final this year and that experience has made me hungrier than ever to win a premiership. I think we have an opportunity to do that here in the short term with the players and the coaches we have and I want to be part of helping this Club win its 22nd premiership. I love this Club. I feel comfortable here and I know the Club has my best interests at heart which makes me want to do my best every chance I get to represent Souths. Iím achieving some of my personal goals here too and Iím ready to take my game to the next level next season. Iím really happy to be extending my contract and I canít wait for Season 2022 to get underway."
Rabbitohs Head of Football, Mark Ellison, says it was a no-brainer to extend the contract of the South Sydney junior. "We see Keaon as one of the cornerstones of not just our forward pack, but of our Club, over the next decade so rewarding him with a further contract extension made sense," Mr Ellison said. "Heís a South Sydney junior from the Mascot club, he has worked tirelessly to get himself into the position heís in today, he is a popular member of the team and is a leader amongst the young brigade we have at the Club. He has the respect of his teammates and the coaching staff, and importantly you can see he is a player that opposition sides worry about when he comes up against them. Weíre delighted to know that young Souths juniors like himself, Cam (Murray), Campbell (Graham), Blake (Taaffe), Davvy (Moale), Peter (Mamouzelos) and a host of players in our pathways squads, from under 17s up to the senior levels, see their footballing futures with the South Sydney Rabbitohs."
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