New Rabbitoh ... Ben Te'o has signed with South Sydney

New Rabbitoh ... Ben Te'o has signed with South Sydney Photo: Getty Images

South Sydney have moved quickly to replace departing second-rower David Taylor by signing Brisbane forward Ben Te'o for 2013.

The Rabbitohs have announced this afternoon that they have signed the Broncos player, who had also been chased by the Bulldogs, on a three-year deal.

“I’ve met with Ben and he’s a highly motivated young man who wants to achieve great heights in rugby league,” Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

“He’s prepared to work hard to achieve his and the team’s goals, in terms of premiership success and playing representative football, and it’s this drive and work ethic that led us to approaching him about joining the Rabbitohs for the next three years and beyond.

“He will add experience and power to our pack in attack and defence and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to South Sydney next year.”

The signing of Te'o effectively puts to bed any suggestion the club would hold onto Taylor, who had signed with the financially-stricken Gold Coast.

The Rabbitohs had targeted Te'o as their key forward signing this year, and the club will see it as a significant coup that they got their man amid significant interest from elsewhere.

Te'o will make his return from suspension on Saturday night against the Warriors.