Outside back Andrew Kellaway has inked a deal with the Melbourne Rebels which will see him in navy and red for the 2020 Super Rugby season.
The former Junior Wallabies captain will arrive for pre-season training in November after a recent spell with the Northampton Saints (England) and Counties Manakau (New Zealand) looking to add to his 25 Super Rugby caps.
“Wanting to be back in Australia and trying to get my name on the national radar was a huge driver behind coming home,” admitted Kellaway.
“I think the Rebels were unlucky to miss the finals in 2019 and I’m excited about what the group they’ve built can achieve moving forwards.
“The squad is stacked with outside backs so my goal for 2020 is to earn a spot in the team on a week to week basis.”
Kellaway’s drive was something that impressed Melbourne Rebels GM of Rugby Nick Ryan.
“We’re very pleased to have landed a player of Andrew's pedigree here in Melbourne,” announced Ryan.
“Since he burst onto the scene with the Australian Schoolboys and the Aussie Under 20s programs, he’s been a player that has generated a lot of excitement with his turn of speed and lethal finishing skills.”
“His time as captain of the Junior Wallabies means that he’s pretty familiar with some of the faces around our Club so we expect he will integrate into the playing group very quickly.”
After spending four years in the Waratahs program, Kellaway moved to England at the end of 2018 for a season with Northampton Saints where he quickly established himself as a dangerous finisher.
“I think Andrew’s time in England with the Saints, and now in NZ with Counties Manukau, has helped round out his game,” said Ryan.
Those sentiments were echoed by the twenty-three-year-old Kellaway.
“The UK was huge for me in terms learning about what I enjoy most about rugby and, I suppose, getting back to what it’s all about which is enjoying the process and letting performances speak for themselves,” said Kellaway.
“I loved my time in England and met some fantastic people who really helped me to enjoy every day.
”One teammate Kellaway is keen to unite with is a man who gave his Northampton Saints plenty of headaches during some fierce UK derbies.
“It’ll be nice to be on the same side as Matt To'omua as well having been rivals with Northampton and Leicester,” admitted Kellaway.