Bayley Sironen signed for 3 years

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Bayley Sironen


Sironen joins Vodafone Warriors

Richard Becht &
Fri 20 Nov 2020, 02:35 PM

One of rugby league’s most famous names is set to link with the Vodafone Warriors after confirmation South Sydney back rower Bayley Sironen has agreed terms for a three-year contract from next season.

The 23-year-old is the son of the legendary Paul Sironen and younger brother of Manly Warringah’s Curtis Sironen.

After five games in his first two NRL seasons, Sironen established himself as a frontline player for the Rabbitohs this year appearing in 19 games to lift his career tally to 24.

“We have had our eyes on Bayley for some time but we didn’t have the positions available at the time,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“Fortunately he became available now. (Head coach) Nathan (Brown) was keen to add a point of difference to our squad to balance our key signings and Bayley will bring that.

“He comes from one of the game’s greatest families and will add some invaluable footy IQ to our squad.”

O’Sullivan said the Vodafone Warriors were grateful to South Sydney CEO Blake Solly, head coach Wayne Bennett and football manager Mark Ellison for their handling of Sironen’s release.

“I was really keen to add an edge/middle forward to our roster for 2021 and Bayley fits the bill,” said new Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He was able to fill in at five-eighth and centre as well as the back row in 2020 so he adds the versatility, skill and defensive capabilities that we were looking for.

“His addition puts pressure on all our forwards for positions and adds invaluable depth of quality in our back row.”

The 186cm, 101kg Sironen made his NRL debut with the Wests Tigers in 2017 but played just one more NRL match for the club before linking with South Sydney in 2019.

He becomes the seventh new addition to the Vodafone Warriors’ 2021 squad following the signings of Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warrington), Kane Evans (Parramatta), Euan Aitken (St George Illawarra), Addin Fonua-Blake (Manly Warringah), Sean O’Sullivan (Brisbane) and Marcelo Montoya (Canterbury Bankstown).

Date of birth: December 23, 1996
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Junior Club: Holy Cross Rhinos
Position: Second row/loose forward
Height: 186cm
Weight: 101kg
NRL Debut: Wests Tigers v North Queensland, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, August 25, 2017 (Round 25)
NRL Career: Wests Tigers (2017-2018), South Sydney (2019-2020)
NRL Appearances: 24 appearances
Wests Tigers: 2 appearances (2017)
South Sydney: 22 appearances (2019-2020)
NRL Points: 8 (2 tries)
Representative: New South Wales Under-20s (2016), Australian Schoolboys (2014)

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Mr Frank White

Warriors 1st Grader
May 19, 2012
Really liking the signings so far. Looking for those value picks.
No one would have picked JTB, Katoa, and Murchie kicking on to the levels they have. (Katoa had raps but he could be the next Taumalolo)
All we need is 1 or 2 of the new guys to do the same and we have a formidable team.

Jaffa J

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 22, 2020
Great signing I thought he was solid for the rabbits and brings versatility I would like to see them shift Tohu to lock at some point

I wonder if they plan to use BMM as a forward after this signing


1st Grade Fringe
Aug 21, 2019
A few months ago when PO'S listed the positions he was targeting a big bopper was one and another was a middle/edge back rower. Hoping that Sironen is that middle/edge back rower and it's nothing to do with Tohu. Can't see him as a replacement for Tohu as he's considerably smaller but obviously has a similar skill set. Think he adds to the many shapes and sizes PO'S is looking for, we've got a real mix.

Billy Teets James

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 12, 2016
Perth, Australia
Weird signing.. But one i am absolutely stoked to read about!
Solid defender , Hearty hit up merchant, & a ball playing 13 at that! Covers Center.
Be a few shuffling of the deck chairs happening.

2 of Jazz/Evans,/JTB to miss out.

Props BMM - AFB - Ah Mau - Evans/JTB

Backrow - Murchie - Katoa Harris - Res Sironen.

Or would he take the utility res spot ?

Fucking ripper signing!!
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