Old Glory have announced that Stan South, the stalwart lock who started 13 of the 16 matches last season, will be sticking around for another year. This is excellent news for the team, who have relied heavily on the Englishman to hold down the second row. Just 25 years old, South is already a steady, veteran presence for the team.
South first joined the team back in 2021, instantly entering the matchday lineups and rotating into the starting lock positions with Api Naikatini and Tevita Naqali. He was a strong runner, with half of his carry meters coming after contact, and also achieved an impressive 90% tackle rate on defense. Unfortunately, season-ending injuries to both his legs cut him short that year, but he returned in 2022 to become a key part of the team. He gained 649 meters on 115 carries, beating 8 defenders and scoring a try, and more subjectively he contributed a lot as a lineout jumper. He also seemed to grow as a leader on the team, something that could be very important as OGDC tries to rebuild under a new coach.
It's great that Old Glory is keeping South around. He's a clear asset on this team, even with the struggles last year, and he seems to be really enjoying playing here. While he may at some point move on, right now he is a familiar face for fans and franchise player for OGDC. And that's not even getting into his contributions off the pitch coaching the women's academy team and reaching out to local universities. Hopefully we can see him grow even more as a player in the years to come.
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