It took only a day after his official arrival at South Sydney for Wayne Bennett to show he nonetheless has his Midas contact.
Bennett has secured his first win on the Rabbitohs after Check hooker Damien Prepare dinner agreed to remain at Redfern till the top of the 2023 NRL season.
Already below contract for 2019, Prepare dinner, 27, has re-signed for one more 4 seasons in a deal reportedly price $four.5 million.
Bennett mentioned re-signing Prepare dinner was a precedence when he began his three-year Redfern stint on Tuesday amid hypothesis the livewire rake could comply with ex-Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold to Brisbane.
And Bennett didn’t waste time getting his man, with South Sydney securing Prepare dinner on a long-term deal believed to incorporate an upgraded 2019 contract barely 24 hours later.
“I’m joyful to have my future sorted,” Prepare dinner mentioned.
“Souths has been my dwelling for the previous three years and I didn’t suppose it will be potential to have the ability to safe issues for the subsequent 5 years, however I’m so joyful that that would be the case.
“I’ve liked each second of my time right here, even the powerful occasions, and I feel we’re constructing to one thing properly.
“It’s thrilling occasions on the Rabbitohs.”
Prepare dinner started the 2018 NRL season in a battle with veteran Robbie Farah for the Rabbitohs No.9 jersey.
He ended the 12 months as one of many NRL’s hottest off-contract commodities after starring in NSW’s State of Origin collection win and incomes two Check caps.
Prepare dinner had been linked to the Broncos after Seibold lastly took up a five-year deal at Purple Hill on Monday following a drawn out coach swap saga with Bennett.
Seibold had been shut with Prepare dinner throughout his one season stint at South Sydney during which the hooker blossomed right into a consultant star, even attending the rake’s wedding ceremony this 12 months.
Seibold moved to finish the rumours upon his arrival at Brisbane, telling Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough this week that Prepare dinner wasn’t on his buying checklist.
Nonetheless, Prepare dinner was additionally reportedly courted by Wests Tigers, Newcastle and Parramatta.
The Rabbitohs have been so eager to re-sign Prepare dinner that Bennett rang the hooker on South Sydney soccer supervisor Shane Richardson’s insistence to debate his long run plans whereas he was nonetheless Brisbane coach.
It was certainly one of a number of telephone calls that Bennett made to South Sydney gamers that Brisbane used to sensationally sack the grasp coach through voice message for breach of contract.
Richardson was a relieved man after Prepare dinner put pen to paper.
“Damien has not solely confirmed that he's a high stage NRL hooker, he’s proven that he has what it takes to compete on the highest consultant ranges of the sport,” Richardson mentioned.
“We're very excited to have secured Damien’s providers for the subsequent 5 years.”