Jason Demetriou will take over as head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs next season, and he’ll have the full support of the club and new coaching staff to bring home a Premiership.
The Rabbitohs announced on Thursday that John Morris and Ben Hornby will be acting as Assistant Coaches under Jason Demetriou in the 2022 NRL season.
Rabbitohs Head of Football, Mark Ellison, said it was important to bed down the coaching structure for 2022 early as the Club pushes forward with its 2021 campaign.
“We’re very happy with the calibre of coaches that will be leading the Club in 2022 and beyond,” Mr Ellison said.
“Jason has done a long coaching apprenticeship in the NRL, United Kingdom, Queensland Cup and New South Wales Cup and he is certainly ready to step up into the Head Coach role.”
Jason first had a small taste of the head coaching role in the 2020 NRL season, after Wayne Bennet was forced to undergo isolation for breaking COVID-19 restrictions.
Demetriou has since had one and half seasons as assistant coach to prove to Rabbitoh’s fans that he can continue Bennet’s success.
“For him to be able to call on a young yet experienced group of Assistant Coaches for support is very important and we couldn’t be happier with the coaching team we’ve assembled with him,” Ellison said.
“John has shown he has what it takes to coach at the top levels, as has Ben. They have a wealth of playing experience on their side but they have also developed a strong coaching background over the past decade to be the right men to appoint as Assistant Coaches to Jason.
“In saying all of this, we still have a campaign on which to concentrate in 2021, and Jason and Ben will play a big role in supporting Wayne (Bennett) and the team over the next three months as we work towards securing our 22nd premiership for this Club.”
Raised in the St George area, Demetriou spent his junior career playing for St George Illawarra Dragons before sailing across the seas to play in the English Super League. Demetriou has represented Greece and Canada on the international stage.