The Rabbitohs would like to reassure its fans, sponsors and the Rugby League community that it has not breached the NRL�s anti-tampering deadline.
It would be possible for people to believe from reports today that CEO Shane Richardson has brokered a deal with Melbourne halfback Matt Orford and Bulldogs five-eighth Braith Anasta, however Mr Richardson says that no offer has been made to the players.
�South Sydney has not made an approach to either player and has not breached the NRL�s anti-tampering guidelines,� Mr Richardson stated today.
�I have advised the League that I am the only person who can make contract offers to players and I don�t intend to make any offers to players currently contracted with other NRL Clubs until after June 30.
�With regards to Braith Anasta, George Piggins is his uncle and has wanted to see Braith play for Souths since he was a kid. George doesn�t negotiate contracts for Souths and this Club is professional enough to keep family and business relationships separate.
�This story was not generated by South Sydney in any way. It�s not an attempt to leak an offer to the players to sidestep the anti-tampering deadline and if the players were to take the reports as an offer then they are being poorly advised. I don�t operate that way and neither will this Club.
�In accepting the enthusiasm that people have for South Sydney and their desire to see the Club do well, we don�t want them to draw the wrong conclusion, that we are communicating an offer to the players via the media.
�This is not the case and we caution any player or manager against this.
�We support the June 30 anti-tampering deadline and we will look to pursue any players that we feel are needed at this Club after June 30.�