Former Brighton Grammar sensation Harry Potter has today been unveiled as the latest Melbourne Rebels signing for 2020.
Fresh from helping Sydney University to their second consecutive Shute Shield premiership on Saturday, Potter will link up with the Rebels for their 2020 campaign.
“I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Melbourne,” Potter said.
“My first representative honours came with an underage Victorian state team, so to now get the chance to return to Melbourne and to work hard for the opportunity to play at the Stockade makes my journey feel like it has come full circle.
The former Brighton Grammar and Moorabbin Rams star cut his teeth in the junior Victorian rugby ranks before studies took him north to Sydney.
His time in the harbour city afforded him the opportunity to develop his game with one of Australia’s proudest rugby nurseries, the Sydney University Football Club.
During the 2019 Shute Shield season, Potter lead the competition for total defenders beaten (117), made more clean line breaks (45) and total metres (1446), which was more than any other player for the year.
“This really does cap off a life-changing weekend,” Potter said.
“My time in Sydney has been great for my rugby development but Melbourne is home. The Rebels have always been my team growing up, and now I want to contribute to the future of the club and take my rugby to another level.”
Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby and Pathways, Nick Ryan, was pleased to see the Melbourne raised outside back return.“Harry was always spoken of highly by our pathway coaches here in Victoria when he was coming through the youth programs,” Ryan said.
“We are genuine in wanting to build a local pathway and it’s always pleasing when a player chooses to come back to Melbourne to pursue their rugby ambition. It’s only by building a world class program that you can capture the best talent.’
“Along with guys like Jordan Uelese, Rob Leota, Trevor Hosea, Pone Fa’amausili and Fereti Sa’aga, we’re beginning to really show that there are opportunities here for young and hungry Victorian players. The NRC is a big stage for other prospects to show us if they are ready for the leap to Super Rugby.’
“Harry will be surrounded by experienced and talented outside backs and we are committed to taking his game to another level.”