Veteran prop Laurie Weeks has recommitted to the Melbourne Rebels until the end of 2017, announcing his extension with the Super Rugby franchise on Wednesday.
Weeks, who made a belated Test debut for the Wallabies against France earlier this year, is one of only two Rebels players that remain from the team’s 2011 foundation season.
“I enjoy being here and I was hoping to leave a legacy at the end of this and I’m only one of two left, so that was in the back of my mind,” the 28-year-old said.
He has played 51 of the Rebels’ 64 matches in their first four seasons, and despite their last-placed finished in 2014 – winning only four of 16 games – Weeks is confident in the direction they are heading.
“I’m very happy with the structure we have and especially with the coaches (Tony McGahan, and assistants Todd Louden and Zane Hilton).
“It’s the best sort of position this club has been in the past five years.”
Already boasting a strong pack that includes Weeks, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Jones and recent Wallabies debutant Sean McMahon, the Rebels’ backline has been significantly bolstered, with former Reds internationals Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley joining existing Melbourne stars Luke Burgess and Tamati Ellison.
Hear what Weeks had to say about penning a new deal with the Rebels: