A try’s as good as flowers for this Souths star’s mum
JOHN Sutton is approaching 300 NRL games but says he would be washed up if it wasn’t for his mother Elena.
Sutton recalls his early years at the Rabbitohs when he’d often sleep in and miss training.
He was heading down a precarious path until his mother told him in no uncertain terms he was wasting his potential.
Sutton, 33, credits this with helping him become the premiership winner we see today. It’s why he is determined to defeat the high-flying Dragons at ANZ Stadium on Sunday and honour his mum in style with a win on Mother’s Day.
“Mum used to come into my room and say, ‘What are you doing sleeping? You should be at training’,” Sutton told The Sunday Telegraph.
“Even after the games, she has always been my biggest critic and tells me what I need to do right next time.
“Mum has pretty much done everything for me. I lived at home until I was 25-26, so she has been great for me and always comes to my games. It will be good to get a win and a try on Mother’s Day for her.”
Sutton, 33, may be in his 15th NRL season but he is seri-
considering playing around again next year. “If you asked me if I’m going to run
around again, I’m feeling good at the moment,” he said. “But I’m happy to go weekto-week for now and I’m not really thinking too far ahead.” Despite feeling like his ageing leg still have more to offer, Sutton has started thinking about his post-football career. He spent time with Souths development coach Willie Peters earlier this year, working with the club’s Harold Matthews and SG Ball ranks.
“I’d like to do something in league, maybe something along the lines of an assistant coach,” he said. “I like working with kids and giving back.”
In the meantime, Sutton is focused on helping the rejuvenated Rabbitohs maintain their hot form. He is also look- ing forward to playing in the annual indigenous round.
Sutton likes the initiative of the national anthem being sung in an indigenous tongue before English and would like to see it made permanent.
“I think that (the anthem in Aboriginal language) was great,” he said. “It’s a good round because it gives the game a chance to recognise our indigenous players.”
Sutton with daughter Pippi, mum Elena and wife Stacie.