Souths re-sign Ben Ross

South Sydney Rabbitohs have re-signed Ben Ross for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, marking a remarkable comeback for the former Queensland State of Origin representative.

Ross, 30, was regarded as one of the best prop-forwards in the NRL before seriously injuring his neck at the start of the 2009 season, having represented Queensland six times, having won an NRL premiership with the Panthers in 2003, and having played over 100 NRL games over eight seasons to date.

Ross will return to the field of play in the 2011 Return to Redfern match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Newtown Jets on Saturday 5 February 2011, marking a remarkable return to the field after two years on the sidelines.

“Ben is effectively a new recruit for the Club in season 2011 and we’re looking forward to seeing him return to his damaging best over the next two years,” Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson said.

“He brings great experience to our pack, a winning attitude, and his journey to return to playing after such a bad injury and long rehabilitation period is inspiring. I’m sure our Ticketed Members will turn out in force to support Ben and the Rabbitohs in his first game back at RTR2011.”

Ross is thrilled about returning to the field of play next year.

“I’m very excited about playing again and to be able to return with South Sydney is an honour in itself,” Ross said.

“It’s been a long two years to get back into a position to play again, and I’m very grateful to the South Sydney Club to, firstly, help me get back on the field and, secondly, show faith in me to sign a two year deal.

“I’ll be doing everything in my power to repay the Club and its Members over the next two seasons.”

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