One of the worst-kept secrets in rugby league has been confirmed today, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs confirming the signing of Gold Coast forward Jai Arrow on a four-year deal.
While the 24-year-old will play out this season with the Titans, he will cross to Redfern in time for the 2021 season on a deal that keeps him there until the end of 2024.
The Fairfield, Queensland native made his debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2016, playing 24 matches for the club over two seasons before joining the Titans. Regarded as one of the best young forwards in the game, Arrow has played four State of Origin matches for Queensland over the last two seasons, while also making his debut appearance in the Prime Minister’s XIII last year.
Shane Richardson – South Sydney’s General Manager of Football – lauded Arrow for performing “at a consistently high level, no matter whether he’s playing in the NRL or in representative teams.”
“He has worked with Wayne (Bennett) previously at the Broncos and he has developed into a State of Origin player, but we see him being able to push for further honours in the green and gold in coming years and we couldn’t be happier that he will be pursuing those goals whilst playing his NRL football with Souths.
“During our discussions with him about football and life outside of football he has shown great maturity and a willingness to live by The Rabbitoh Way.
“He was chased by a number of NRL clubs but he has made the Rabbitohs his club of choice from 2021.
“We wish him the best of luck with the Titans for the coming season and we’re looking forward to him joining us for 2021. I am sure all of our Members and supporters are as well,” he said.