Ioane commits to Wallabies and Reds
December 4, 2011
Digby Ioane appeared for the Wallabies against the Barbarians last weekend © Getty Images
Australia winger Digby Ioane has signed an extended three-year deal with Queensland Reds and the Australian Rugby Union.
The 26-year-old, who has scored nine tries in 21 internationals, rejected a seven-figure Japanese offer in order to commit to the Wallabies through to the end of the 2014 season. Ioane broke the news after winning the man of the match award in the Wallabies clash with Wales at the Millennium stadium on Saturday.
"4 got 2 tell u my friends! Gonna stay in australia for the next 3 years!!! God is good and we r #reds," Ioane posted on Twitter.
Ioane was offered AUS $1million per season offer to play for Japanese club Kubota midway through this year's Super Rugby season. Despite reports he had verbally agreed to the deal, Ioane insisted that he would not decide his future until after the World Cup. And the Queensland Reds winger has now confirmed he will stay in Australia.
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie told AAP: "Obviously we're quite pleased it's finally over. That ices the cake for us. We've retained 25 of the 30 (contracted players) from last year which is a great position to be in after winning the title and it gives us a good capacity (for success again).
"I think he's had an outstanding year. It was surprising he'd only played 11 Tests before this season due to injuries. He's a bit of an enigma as a winger. He's got such a high work-rate, he doesn't play wing like in an orthodox way which we're pleased about.
"He touches the ball more than anyone else apart from the (halves) and he makes a positive impact with every touch."
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