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Family ties O'Sullivan to Dolphins in NRL

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Playmaker Sean O'Sullivan has signed a three-year deal with the Dolphins, where his father is the new NRL club's recruitment boss.

NATHAN CLEARY.
NATHAN CLEARY. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

Sean O'Sullivan's move to the Dolphins next year has been confirmed, with the Penrith back-up handed a chance to finally own an NRL playmaker's jersey at the new club.

The 23-year-old, whose father Peter is the Redcliffe-based club's recruitment manager, has played 25 NRL games since his debut in 2018.

At the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane, Warriors and Panthers, O'Sullivan has been a handy back-up but Dolphins boss Terry Reader said he now had the chance to "make one of the club's halves positions his own".

"He showed last year with the Warriors that he was a quality playmaker, and he has backed that up with his performances for the Panthers this year," Reader said of O'Sullivan, who has won four-of-four games deputising for Nathan Cleary this season.

"Our coach Wayne Bennett is especially pleased to finally be able to coach one that got away from him.

"He recruited Sean to a contract with the Broncos before he moved to the Rabbitohs, and now he will get to work with him in a new team.

"Sean fills a major need on our roster and we look forward to seeing what he can do in the Dolphins' colours."

O'Sullivan has signed a three-year deal and will join fellow Panthers Isaiya Katoa and Rob Jennings at the new franchise in 2023.

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