SOUTH SYDNEY chief executive Shane Richardson yesterday told football club members he was hopeful of re-signing star forward Dave Taylor as the Rabbitohs announced a profit for the fourth consecutive season.
While only a modest $22,000, the Rabbitohs are believed to be the only Sydney club not to have suffered a financial loss last year.
Souths officials said the positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) figure was down on previous years because of reinvestment in the club.
With new coach Michael Maguire having taken over, the Herald was told the mood among members at the meeting was optimistic about the coming season and Richardson assured them the Rabbitohs were doing everything they could to retain Taylor.
The Queensland Origin forward has been linked with a move to Gold Coast but Richardson told the meeting he was hopeful Taylor would decide to stay at Souths. Rabbitohs chairman Nicholas Pappas was also asked about a possible return to the SFS but he said the club had an agreement to play at ANZ Stadium until 2017.
Pappas said when that expired Souths would consider a commercial deal from any stadium wanting to host their home matches and the SFS was realistically the only venue that could accommodate the Rabbitohs and their 20,000 members.
Meanwhile, Luke Stuart, who played 191 games for Souths between 2002 and his retirement last season, was awarded life membership of the club, along with past great Arthur Branighan and long-serving Souths Juniors official Keith McCraw.
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