Adam Korczyk inks new Reds deal
Cape Town - The Queensland Reds back-row have been
bolstered by flanker Adam Korczyk putting pen to paper to remain at
Ballymore next season.
Korczyk has signed a one-year deal with Queensland and follows Samu
Kerevi, Izack Rodda, JP Smith, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia,
Aidan Toua and Alex Mafi, who have all re-committed to the Reds in the
Korczyk established himself as a regular member of the Reds match-day
23 during the 2018 Super Rugby season and currently has 26 Queensland
caps to his name after being handed a Reds contract in 2015.
His signature complements the Reds already-strong back-row alongside
fellow loose-forwards Scott Higginbotham, Caleb Timu, Liam Wright and
Angus Scott-Young. Like fellow Red Lukhan Tui, Korczyk has the ability
to play in the second-row, or the back-row.
After standout performances in 2017, Korczyk was named in the
Wallabies 33-man squad for the opening two Bledisloe Cup Tests of the
Rugby Championship in that year.
The 23-year-old continues to develop not only as a player, but a
leader after being handed the captaincy of the McInnes Wilson Lawyers
Brisbane City in this year's National Rugby Championship (NRC).
2018 was his fifth-straight season with Brisbane City where he played
every game and included scoring a try over rivals Bond University
Queensland Country in their Round 5 derby victory at Wests.
Korczyk said he was excited to remain at the Reds and continue his development under head coach Brad Thorn.
"I love Queensland, I love playing for Queensland and for me staying
in Queensland was the best option for my Rugby career progression," said
"It's a competitive environment we have here at the Reds - especially
in the back-row group with guys like Scott Higginbotham, Liam Wright,
Caleb Timu and Angus Scott-Young and it’s just going to make me better.
"Being under Brad this season was great and with the additions of Jim
McKay and Peter Ryan to the coaching staff I think it’s exciting and
we’ve got a good playing group so it’ll be good to see where we go next
year," Korczyk added.
Reds head coach, Brad Thorn said: "Adam's a good team man and a hard
working member of our squad. He gives us options in the back-row and
second-row, is developing as a footballer and has room for further
Born in New Zealand to Polish parents, it wasn't until Korczyk's
family moved to Brisbane in 2007 that he discovered his love of Rugby at
Brisbane State High School from where he represented Queensland and
Australian Schoolboys in 2012.