Luke Keary

It wasn't about me against Souths: Keary

 Keary also spoke of his budding combination with halves partner Mitchell Pearce – which has seen the two link up to devastating effect on both sides of the field – while labelling the rigid idea of one half on each side of the field as a "blight" on the game.  

Maguire pays tribute to departing half

It was revealed on Tuesday afternoon that the Roosters had signed the 24-year-old on a two-year-deal starting in 2017. 

Maguire said he would have liked to have kept Keary in Redfern beyond 2016 but conceded salary cap pressures had played their part in the decision. 

"All those great players that you have let go of at some stage; it's about the salary cap and what goes on in club land," he said. 

"Luke and I have talked about him staying but also the opportunities for him to leave, and for various reasons he's chosen those. 

Rabbitohs players confirm departure of Keary

The 2014 premiership-winning five-eighth has been linked with a move to either the Roosters or Dragons after four seasons at Redfern. 

Keary said as recently as last Tuesday that his future would be decided in the coming weeks, and it appears certain that the next chapter of his rugby league career won't be with the Rabbitohs.  

Speaking at Redfern Oval ahead of their crucial clash against the Panthers on Friday night, Rabbitohs players expressed their sadness in seeing their teammate leave the club.