Cape Town – The Melbourne Rebels have announced that promising prop
Ferete Sa’aga has put pen to paper on a fresh deal which will keep him at the
club until the end of 2022.
The lengthy extension was never in doubt for the 23-year-old
who is a proud product of Victorian rugby.
“I’m excited to be able to continue my rugby career
here in Melbourne surrounded by my family and representing this great club and
doing my hometown proud,” said Sa’aga.
“Growing up as a Melbourne boy without a local Super
Rugby team, it never seemed real that I could one day have the opportunity to
compete on the professional stage.
“Getting to run out in front of my friends and family
each week is something that I am very grateful for and I don’t want that to end
Sa’aga, who has 24 Super Rugby caps to his name, believes
the environment created by Rebels coach Dave Wessels will drive him to thrive.
“The longer I have played at this level, though, the
more I have really started to not just want to play but to really work hard,
compete and be the best player that I can be,” he added.
“That’s why I am extending my contract with the Rebels
because this is where I believe I can be my best.”
Rebels general manager of rugby Nick Ryan – who first
spotted the prop while playing junior rugby for the Northern Panthers – said
the new deal was reward for Sa’aga’s development.
“Fereti is a testament to a local pathway system that’s
aligned closely to the Rebels in aiming to develop quality people and
players,” he said.
“Talent alone is not enough to make it as a
“Fereti has developed enormously since joining the
Rebels and he is a widely respected member of the playing group.
“His achievements to date are impressive for a young
prop and I know that if he continues to work hard under the guidance of new
scrum coach Nic Henderson, he will continue to develop into a prop that will
push for higher representative honours.”