Cook Islands and Italy internationals sign up to South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2020

Drew Darbyshire

Cook Islands international Troy Dargan and Italy star Jack Johns will link up with South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2020.

Half-back Dargan, 21, who is of Australian Indigenous and Cook Islander heritage, made his international debut for the Cook Islands in a World Cup qualifier against South Africa earlier this year.

Dargan will remain at the Rabbitohs until the end of the 2021 season.

Rabbitohs general manager of football, Shane Richardson, said: “Troy is a wonderful talent and he will add to the depth of our halves stocks for at least the next two years.

“He comes from a great pedigree of representative football for New South Wales, Australia and the Cook Islands and we’re certain that he will thrive under the coaching of Wayne [Bennett] and his team here at Souths.”

Back-rower or half-back Johns, 21, represented Italy at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup via family heritage. He is the son of Matty Johns.

Johns has signed a deal with Souths for the 2020 campaign.

Richardson added: “Jack has worked very hard over the past 12 months to transform himself from a five-eighth into an edge back-rower and he has taken a completely professional approach to his football this year.

“He comes from a wonderful family background, has a great attitude towards his football, has played World Cup football and we’re delighted to be able to extend his tenure in the red and green for next year.”

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