The Rabbitohs broke Undesirable Panthers winger Josh Mansour as the LNR transfer market reverts to overdrive.
Mansour will join the Rabbitohs immediately, on a two-year contract, after the 30-year-old’s dream of ending his career at Penrith went up in smoke when he was told after last year’s grand final that he was not. was no longer part of Coach Ivan. Cleary’s plans.
Mansour and the Rabbitohs confirmed the news this afternoon, with the player tweeting a thank you to his supporters during his nine seasons at the foot of the mountains.
In a press release sent out by the Rabbitohs, Mansour was described as “a natural leader” and “one of the most passionate and respected players in the game”.
And Rabbitoh director of football Mark Ellison hailed the signing.
“Josh is a very experienced and representative player of the NRL who will bring many attributes to our team, the club and our community,” said Ellison.
“He’s a fast-paced winger who is one of the main players in the competition in terms of kick return counters, as well as a renowned finisher.
“Most importantly, he is a quality team and club man who inspires his teammates and brings energy to any team he is on.”
Mansour will arrive at Redfern as a replacement for the emerging star Corey Allan, who was signed this week by the Bulldogs after a 2020 breakout that included an Origin’s debut in the Queensland series taking the win in Game 3 in November.
When news of the signing first broke, Rabbitoh coach Wayne Bennett told the Courier Mail the club were “lucky” to be on the hunt for a winger when Mansour is became available.
“We just got lucky there he became available and the opportunity arose to catch him so we did. We’re just building up our depth,” Bennett said.
Mansour played 158 games for the Panthers and scored 74 tries for the club. He was a pillar of side of minor premier on the run last season and started on the left wing in their big final loss to the Storm.
Still, the former Test and NSW Origin star faced a sidelines season in 2021 had he not requested a release following Cleary’s decision to go in a different direction.
Mansour was a junior from southern Sydney but never played a freshman for the club but moved to Penrith where he looked like he was ending his career at one club.
The veteran will be favored to claim a spot on the wing in the Rabbitohs’ premier backline this year following the off-season starts of Allan and James Roberts.