THE Rabbitohs have extended the contract of Zane Musgrove for a further three years, keeping him at the club through to the end of the 2020 season.
The 20-year-old front-rower, made his first grade debut in round one of the 2016 season against the Roosters but missed a large chunk of the year through injury.
Bunnies Coach Michael Maguire was excited to have Musgrove on the club’s books for the foreseeable future.
“Zane worked hard to make his debut last season and he knows what it will take to cement a place in our top 17 moving forward,” said Maguire.
“He has shown that he is prepared to put in the work to achieve his and the team’s goals and that work ethic is why we see a future for him here at the Rabbitohs.
“He is still young for a front rower but he is showing the signs of what it takes to make it in the NRL and I know that myself and my coaching staff are looking forward to working with him to create more competition for spots in our front row.
“Zane is one of a number of young, up-and-coming players we have developing in our system and I’m really looking forward to helping him reach his potential.”
Musgrove was happy to stay at the club and looked forward to repaying the faith Maguire has shown in him.
“I’m really happy to have re-signed with Souths and to get to play here with my team mates is a dream come true,” said Musgrove.
“We’re all prepared to do the work we need to do to be successful and I’m looking forward to the season ahead and building on what was achieved in 2016.
“Souths is a great club and I couldn’t be happier to be staying here for the next four years.”
Musgrove will be looking to add to his six NRL appearances next season as he aims to push for a regular spot in the Rabbitohs 17.