Munro, Herring, Macey, Wright and Heslin Contract Extensions

24th Jun 2022

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce the signing of contracts for eight up-and-coming stars including TJ Herring (2023-24), as well as South Sydney juniors Tyrone Munro (2023-25), Aaron Macey (2023-24), Daniel Wright (2023-25) and Mateus Heslin (2023-25).

Munro, 17, is a South Sydney junior from the Botany Rams club, who came to the Rabbitohs’ open trial for their Harold Matthews Cup team in early 2021 and impressed so much that he earned a position in the under 17s squad that season, being named the player of the year at the end of the competition. He was upgraded to be part of the Club’s Black Rabbits Elite Player Development (EPD) program in 2022, played the SG Ball Cup season in the first half of the year, and is currently playing in the under 21s Jersey Flegg team at just 17 years of age. He won the player of the carnival at the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) tournament in 2022 and will represent NSW CHS at the national championships. A relation to South Sydney junior Josh Addo-Carr, Tyrone is very fast and athletic, able to make things happen out of nothing. He uses his great acceleration to his advantage and is very strong competing for the ball in the air. Tyrone will be at the Rabbitohs for at least the next three years with a development contract in 2023 before moving up to the Club’s top 30 players in 2024 and 2025.

Macey, 17, is a South Sydney junior also from the Botany Rams club who is also South Sydney High School’s sports captain this year. He captained the South Sydney Harold Matthews Cup side in 2021, a season in which he won the Club’s best back award. A centre or fullback with a great work ethic, Aaron is not afraid to do the tough work in attack and is a very solid defensive player. He has shown his versatility this year playing in multiple positions for the under 19s SG Ball Cup team whilst being part of the Black Rabbits EPD program. He is another young player looking to further his education at university next year. Aaron will train with the NRL side in the 2023 preseason and will be part of the Black Rabbits EPD program in both 2023 and 2024.

Wright, 17, is another local junior from the Botany Rams club, who co-captained the Rabbitohs Harold Matthews squad in 2022. His South Sydney pedigree is strong with his uncle, Ken Wright, having represented South Sydney between 1982-83, playing 36 first grade games. Another elite dual code player, Daniel is a member of the Newington 1st XV rugby union team this year, the same school at which Cameron Murray attended. Amazingly, Daniel scored more than 50% of the Harold Matthews Cup’s points in the 2022 season, winning the best back award for the team. He is evasive and can make his opposition miss regularly in a one-on-one situation. He has a good turn of speed and is strong defensively, combined with his excellent goal kicking. Daniel will be part of the Black Rabbits EPD program between 2023 and 2025.

Heslin, 17, is another Botany Rams product with a similar trajectory to his team mate, Daniel Wright. He was the co-captain of the 2022 Harold Matthews team alongside Daniel and won the team’s best forward award this year. He is multi-talented, attending the prestigious Scots College on an academic scholarship whilst taking part in the school’s elite rugby and rowing programs. A tough player that runs great lines with a massive work rate, he is quite versatile on an edge. Mateus will be part of the Black Rabbits EPD between 2023 and 2025.

Herring, 17, joined the Rabbitohs SG Ball squad in 2022 from Manly-Warringah having won the 2021 Harold Matthews Cup premiership with the Sea Eagles. He earned a shot to start at hooker following some injuries to established players and took his opportunity with both hands. TJ is extremely fit and crafty out of dummy-half and has a solid kicking game. He will be part of the Black Rabbits EPD in seasons 2023 and 2024.

Rabbitohs Head of Elite Pathways and Player Development, Joe O’Callaghan, says these players will form part of a bright future for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the years to come. "We’re delighted to have extending the contracts of our local players in Tyrone, Aaron, Daniel, Mateus and TJ. We see them all having bright futures at our Club and we’re excited to bring them into our programs here in Sydney from 2023 onwards. They are all at the stage now where they can come to South Sydney, play in the red and green and represent our Club on a weekly basis in our SG Ball Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup teams in 2023, with a view to earning NSW Cup and NRL selections in the future."

Tyrone Munro
Date of Birth  - 26 December 2004
Place of Birth - Moree, NSW

Height: 188cm
Weight: 85kg

Position       - Wing, Fullback
Junior Club    - Botany Rams

Representative Honours - NSW CHS U18s (2021-22)

Awards - NSWCHS Player of Carnival (2022)
         Matthew Cup player of the year (2021)

Aaron Macey
Date of Birth  - 28 September 2004
Place of Birth - Sydney, NSW

Height: 182cm
Weight: 88kg

Position       - Centre, Fullback
Junior Club    - Botany Rams

Representative Honours - NSW CHS U18s (2022)

Awards - Matthews Cup best back (2021)

Daniel Wright
Date of Birth  - 28 March 2005
Place of Birth - Sydney, NSW

Height: 179cm
Weight: 80kg

Position       - Centre, 5/8
Junior Club    - Botany Rams

Representative Honours - NSW CIS U18s (2022)

Awards - Matthews Cup most improved (2021)
         Matthews Cup best back (2022)

Mateus Heslin
Date of Birth  - 4 April 2005
Place of Birth - Dallas, USA

Height: 185cm
Weight: 85kg

Position       - Second Row
Junior Club    - Botany Rams

Representative Honours - NSW CIS U18s (2022)

Awards - Matthews Cup best forward (2022)

TJ Herring
Date of Birth  - 6 July 2004
Place of Birth - Sydney NSW

Height: 177cm
Weight: 87kg

Position       - Hooker
Junior Club    - Beacon Hill Bears / Harbord Devils

Representative Honours - Sydney Red U18s (2022)
                       - NSW CHS RU U18s (2022)

Awards - SG Ball Cup most improved (2022)

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