Reece Hodge has today inked the longest contract extension in Melbourne Rebels history, recommitting to the Club until at least the end of 2023.
The all-time leading Rebels point scorer and 39-Test Wallaby reaffirmed his commitment to Australian Rugby by choosing to continue his impressive career where it all started in Melbourne.
“I’m extremely happy to secure my future here in Melbourne with the Rebels on a long-term deal,” said Hodge.
“Since arriving in late 2015, the Rebels has been my home and the people around the Club have become family.”
“Regardless of where we have come from or played previously, the Victorian rugby community and our loyal fans have always welcomed Rebel players with open arms.”
“I look forward to playing my part in ensuring Rugby remains strong in Victoria for years to come,” stated Hodge.
Hodge’s re-signing is welcome news for Rebel and Wallaby fans alike. Already contracted for 2020, Hodge didn’t hesitate to extend for a further three years when afforded the opportunity.
“Playing in a Rugby World Cup was my dream as a kid so to be able to say I’ve done that is an amazing feeling.”
“However, winning a World Cup is the ultimate goal, so to have the opportunity to play my Rugby in Australia for the next four years and hopefully earn another crack at that is extremely exciting. It’s been awesome to see the contingent of Rebels in the gold jersey increase year upon year.”
“Ultimately, our goal as a Club is to be successful and push each other to earn higher honours, so to see that coming to fruition is pretty special.”
“There are plenty of younger guys in our 2020 Rebels squad who will be knocking down the door for international selection over the next couple of years too,” noted Hodge.
Head Coach Dave Wessels was pleased to see the utility back continue to grow as a leader within the Rebels program.
“Reece is a real team-first player and he continues to set the standard in terms of his work ethic and professionalism. His team mates feed off that and he is an excellent role model for the young players we have coming through.”
“Since 2011, we’ve only had 14 players play 50 games for the Rebels and Reece is already one of those. He has played his entire professional career in Melbourne and I know he is extremely passionate about bringing success to Melbourne.
“We are starting to build a core group of experienced guys in our squad that will play regularly together, which we know is a key ingredient for Super Rugby success."