Rochow to make Rabbitohs switch

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Newcastle Knights forward Robbie Rochow has agreed to join NRL rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs for the 2017 season.

Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old back-rower, but it is the Bunnies who have won the race for his signature.

Rochow played under Michael Maguire at Melbourne Storm and will be reunited with the Rabbitohs head coach from next year.

"I've worked with Robbie previously at the Melbourne Storm and he will bring great character and leadership to our club next season," Maguire said.

"He's a very driven individual and wants to add to the culture we have built here at South Sydney.

"In our meetings with him he wants to achieve the same goals as the rest of our group and we are sure that he will be a valuable contributor to our team.

"He will also create more competition for selection in our NRL side next year which spurs on our players to perform at their best, be it at training or in games.

"We're looking forward to having him join our ranks in the pre-season."