Jennings eyes new Bunnies contract

Robert Jennings
Robert Jennings

Robert Jennings started out 2018 in the fat club but now he's eyeing a bulging new contract.

The South Sydney try-sneak has expressed his desire to remain at Redfern after a breakout NRL season which has seen him establish himself as one of the game's best finishers.

Heading into Saturday's grand final qualifier against the Sydney Roosters, the 22-year-old still has a chance to finish the year as the competition's highest try scorer after racking up 19 four-pointers - four behind the Warriors' David Fusitu'a.

He has undoubtedly been the beneficiary of playing on the Rabbitohs' lethal left side - which has created more tries than any other edge combination in the competition (48).

The winger's stellar improvement is representative of the big gains the club has enjoyed under Anthony Seibold.

Wind back the clock to the first day of pre-season late last year and Jennings was on the end of a Seibold spray after showing up 12kg overweight.

He looked behind the eight ball to earn a spot for round one but shed the kilos during a gruelling summer to turn a corner in his career.

"I enjoyed the off-season a bit too much," Jennings told AAP.

"I was away overseas for a couple of weeks and I think I enjoyed myself a bit too much, I came back a bit overweight.

"I sat down with Seibs and I wasn't in the shape I wanted to be in. It was very disappointing to let myself go like that.

"I felt like I learnt a lot. I definitely learnt a lesson. It was definitely one of the hardest pre-seasons I've ever done."

Now Jennings is looking to lock down his future.

He and John Sutton remain the only members of the Souths starting side still off contract for next year.

Jennings has put aside negotiations to concentrate on his maiden finals campaign but expressed his desire to remain.

"After footy finishes up, I'll look at it," Jennings said.

"But I love this club. They had belief in me the moment I started here and I want to stay here. Hopefully my future is here.

"I felt like my game has grown here, having seen the club and the culture behind it, seeing how it all works, it's definitely a club you want to be a part of."

Australian Associated Press