The South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to confirm the signing of young forward Chris Grevsmuhl for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as the contract extension of under 20s captain Cameron McInnes until the end of 2015.
Grevsmuhl, 20, has been a member of the North Queensland Cowboys’ under 20s squad since making his debut as a schoolboy, playing in 53 under 20s matches and scoring 31 tries.
Grevsmuhl, who stands 185cm tall and weighs 106kg, also represented Queensland in the Under 20s State of Origin matches in 2012 and 2013, represented the Junior Kangaroos in 2012, the Australian Schoolboys in 2010, as well as the Queensland under 18s and under 16s sides. Grevsmuhl was also selected in the 2012 Under 20s Team of the Year alongside current Rabbitohs young gun Luke Keary.
Grevsmuhl is comfortable playing front row, second row or lock, and will add size and aggression to the Rabbitohs’ forwards stocks. McInnes, a South Sydney junior from the Botany Rams Club, captained the Rabbitohs’ under 20s outfit to a finals appearance in 2013, despite being a 19-year-old in an under 20s squad.
McInnes played in all 25 games for the Rabbitohs’ Holden Cup side this year at hooker, scoring 12 tries and kicking 15 goals throughout the season. McInnes was also named in the 2013 Holden Cup Team of the Year. Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire is keen to work closely with both of these young players over the next two seasons.
“Chris has been a player we’ve kept our eye on for some time now and we’re really pleased to have him join the Club next season,” Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire said.
“He’s been performing well at the under 20s level over a number of seasons and also has experience playing at Queensland Cup level, so we’re looking forward to him joining us in the pre-season and helping him achieve his goals of playing in the NRL.
“Cameron has been one of our stand out players in the under 20s side this year, and he knows that with continued hard work and dedication to his role, he gives himself the best chance to make it into the first grade squad in the coming years.
“His efforts were recognised with his selection in the Holden Cup Team of the Year and we’re looking forward to working more closely with him to develop his game and progress him towards an NRL berth.