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'I'm sick of telling people I'm actually OK': Demetriou bats back fears over his job as Murray sits out captain's run

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28th March, 2024
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A defiant Jason Demetriou is welcoming the pressure engulfing his tenure at South Sydney as the under-fire coach pleads with friends to stop checking in on him.

Vowing that inspirational Souths skipper Cameron Murray would feature in the Bunnies’ Good Friday meeting with Canterbury, Demetriou played down suggestions he would shift the enigmatic Latrell Mitchell out of fullback for rookie Jye Gray.

Murray sat out the captain’s run with a knee problem that has been troubling him all week, but is currently set to play against the Dogs.

Demetriou cut a relaxed figure on Thursday, six days on from the Rabbitohs’ 48-6 loss to the Sydney Roosters that sent the one-time premiership contenders to the bottom of the NRL ladder.

The Bunnies coach described the Roosters defeat as the “lowest point” of his career.

The shaky start to 2024 and missing last year’s finals series has led to speculation Demetriou’s job is under threat, but the coach says he and his side are ready to fight their way out of trouble.

“I know there’s a lot of noise around the place sometimes about how bad people are feeling and all that sort of stuff,” Demetriou said.


“I’m almost at the point where there are so many people reaching out and making sure I’m alright that I almost want to turn my phone off.

“I’m sick of telling people I’m actually OK. And I am. I’m not walking around with my head down.

“I get to come to work at this fantastic club – if you can’t get up and get excited about coming to work for South Sydney, you’re in the wrong job.

“I’ve been around this game a long time. I played my whole professional career in England where you fight tooth and nail for your job regularly in terms of relegation.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been in a position where you have to fight for your job.

“To be honest, it’s not about me or how I’m feeling. It’s about me doing my job for the boys and making sure they can go out there and be themselves.”


Souths (0-3) have not lost a Good Friday clash in the last five years and a fourth straight defeat to start 2024 would equal the club’s worst start to a season since 2008.