SOUTH Sydney have thrown Knights discard Cory Denniss an NRL lifeline.
Denniss, a former Lakes United junior, made a spectacular top-grade debut for the Knights in 2016 when he was hauled out of under-20s and scored two tries in a 24-all draw with Canberra.
In the ensuring two seasons, however, he made only a further 17 appearances in Newcastle’s No.1 team and was released at the end of last season.
Still only 21, the gangly centre/winger is hoping his game progresses under the guidance of Souths’ new coach, Wayne Bennett.
“I’m really happy to be joining the Rabbitohs,” Denniss said in a statement released by his new club. “It’s a club with a long history and great culture that wants success.
“I’m looking forward to working with Wayne Bennett as well. The opportunity to do that is a hard one to turn down and his experience and knowledge are second-to-none. I’m looking forward to representing the club and its members. It’s exciting times ahead.”
South Sydney also confirmed the signing of former Canberra front-rower Liam Knight.
“Cory is a big-bodied back who has a similar build to Campbell Graham, another young gun in our backline,” Souths football manager Shane Richardson said.
“He has had a taste of first grade and knows what it will take to crack into our best 17.
“We look forward to Liam and Cory creating competition for spots.”
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