Reid commits to Rebels until end of 2017 season

Melbourne based Super Rugby side the Rebels have extended flanker Jordy Reid’s contract keeping him with the club until at least the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Reid, who is in his third season at the Club, has been outstanding during the Club’s run of four wins from the past five matches, demanding selection amongst a highly competitive back row.

Rebels’ Head Coach Tony McGahan paid tribute to Jordy’s perseverance and determination to hold on to a spot in the side.

“Jordy has been a terrific example to his teammates through his attitude to his Rugby, both when he is in the team and when he had to be patient and force his way towards selection,” McGahan said.

“He has always shown a determination to learn from those around him, be that teammates or coaching staff, to make the most of any opportunities and to continue to develop his game.

“Those traits, coupled with his popularity amongst his peers and Rebels fans, made extending his contract a real priority for the Club; we’re excited to watch Jordy continue to grow wearing Rebels colours.”

Reid said he was very pleased to continue his journey at the Rebels.

“I love playing for the Rebels; it’s just a great bunch of blokes to be around, and a great staff to work with, plus I really like the city of Melbourne itself,” he said.

“I feel like we’ve got a really good opportunity to do something great at the Rebels, and we have improved across the whole program over the last eighteen months; I didn’t want to miss out on that!”

Reid admits that there was interest from elsewhere, however remaining loyal to the Club which gave him his first opportunity at Super Rugby level was important to him.

“There was consideration in regards to other opportunities, and I looked at other options and had a good think about what I wanted to do; it’s certainly not a decision I took lightly,” he said.

“I just love it down here; I always wanted to stay in Melbourne and fortunately it has worked out that way and it was an easy decision in the end.”

Reid said that the competition for a spot in the side has helped accelerate his development as a player.

“The competition in the back row definitely brings the best out of me, and that’s probably the same for all of us fighting for those two flanker positions in particular,” he said.

“Colby Fainga’a, Scott Fuglistaller, Sean McMahon and myself have a great battle, and there’s heaps of competition across the whole team which pushes all players to improve and get better.

“I believe that it’s really important to stay positive if you’re not selected; we are a whole squad from 1 to 35, and we all have the same goal of winning every game we go into and being a successful Club. Even when you’re not picked you want everybody to play well and for the team to win, and then you just have to keep chipping away and putting pressure on the other guys and taking any opportunity you’re given.”

The Rebels have now secured the signings of thirteen players until the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

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