Rabbitohs Legend Roy Asotasi Returns to Community Football, Joins Coogee Dolphins

Rabbitohs Legend Roy Asotasi Returns to Community Football, Joins Coogee Dolphins
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The Souths Juniors competition welcomes a monumental move for the Coogee Dolphins as they appoint NRL legend Roy Asotasi as their captain-coach for 2024, a move that Coogee Dolphins Juniors President Wayne Hack hails as the “biggest, most positive thing” to happen to the Dolphins.

This role allows the legendary player to reignite his connection to the South Sydney area.

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Roy Asotasi, Rabbitohs legend

Asotasi’s arrival at the Rabbitohs in 2007 marked a turning point, transforming them from cellar-dwellers to genuine contenders. The 2006 Prop of the Year, premiership winner, and Kiwi captain is viewed as one of South Sydney’s most important signings ever, guiding them to their first finals berth in 17 years.

Retired since 2015, Asotasi embarks on a fresh challenge at 42 years old. Rugby league might have taken a backseat after his playing days, but his sons’ involvement rekindled his interest.

Giving back to the community

Asotasi’s motivation stems from a desire to give back to the South Sydney community and nurture emerging talent. He aims to impart his wisdom to junior players and those in the Rabbitohs pathways, potentially helping them secure elite positions.

While not an every-week player, Asotasi is eager to take the field again in Souths territory, exciting younger teammates keen to play alongside their idol. He acknowledges this on-field role will hold him accountable to “practising what he’s preaching.”

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The signing provides a boost for the Souths Juniors competition, which had only six A-grade teams last year. With clubs like Alexandria and Marrickville returning in 2024, Hack believes Asotasi’s presence will be huge, generating excitement among players and fans alike.

Published 14-March-2024