Souths’ “Future Assured”

By STEVE MASCORD

SOUTH Sydney officials have declared the club’s future assured after the Rabbitohs made the finals in every grade this year.

While Michael Maguire’s first grade team is capturing the imagination of most league fans, the achievements in the lower grades have the club’s bosses the most excited.

According to chief executive Shane Richardson, it means the good times are here to stay.

“I remember Souths finishing last in more than one grade in a given year – now we’re in the finals in first grade, under 20s, NSW Cup, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg,” Richardson tells Rugby League Week.

“We finished second in the club championship.

“Our football manager Mark Ellison has been at the club his whole life and he can’t remember that happening before.

“It’s been a massive turnaround since we returned to the comp and proves we are not just about the short term.”

Richardson said the secret to the success has been improving the relationship with Souths Juniors.

“We’ve got a great relationship with them now and our high performance programme under Michael Maguire trickles down to all levels of the club,” he said.

“We have better facilities, better systems – I think it’s safe to say the future of the club is now secure after some bad times. We’re in good hands.”

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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