Wed 21 Aug 2019 | 08:15

Lock signs long-term deal with Reds

Lock signs long-term deal with Reds
Wed 21 Aug 2019 | 08:15
Lock signs long-term deal with Reds
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NEWS: The Queensland Reds have continued to shore up their squad for the future after securing the signature of Angus Blyth for a further four years.

The long-term deal will see the lock remain at Ballymore and in Australian Rugby through 2023 following the next Rugby World Cup in France.

Blyth’s contract extension comes after Taniela Tupou, Tate McDermott and Fraser McReight also signed long-term deals through 2023 at Ballymore.

It also follows the announcement of back-row duo Liam Wright and Angus Scott-Young who inked two-year contract extensions with Queensland earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the Reds proud history of siblings at Ballymore will continue with confirmation Angus’ younger brother Wilson has been signed through 2022 on a developing squad contract with Queensland.

Wilson is in his final year at The Southport School and is also a current member of the Queensland Reds Academy. He recently featured in the Queensland Reds Academy Under-18s opening match against Melbourne.

Reds lock Angus Blyth said: “It means so much to me re-signing for the Reds for the next four years.

“I’m really looking forward to the future of Ballymore and the playing group coming through here.

“I’m looking to continue to develop under Brad and the coaching staff, plus to play with my brother and good mates I’ve made here in Queensland,” said Blyth.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s good to have the Blyth brothers here at Ballymore together.

“Angus has signed for four years which is a great result. He’s a hard worker and a humble guy. He was rewarded this year with his first start at lock.

“We also look forward to having Wilson here. He has the support of his older brother and the whole group,” said Thorn.

A Queensland pathway product, Angus enjoyed a successful start to his professional Rugby career in 2017. He was a part of Bond University Queensland Country’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) title-winning side, he also won the Queensland U20s national title and represented the Junior Wallabies in the 2017 World Rugby U20s Championships.

The Southport School graduate made his Queensland debut off the bench in the Reds’ final match of the 2018 season and made a further seven appearances in 2019.

Blyth earned his first run-on start at lock in Round 13 this year before he crashed over in Queensland’s next game for his maiden Super Rugby try against the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium.

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