Henry Speight signs new Brumbies deal
Cape Town - The Brumbies have announced that Wallabies wing Henry
Speight has signed a one-year contract extension, ending speculation about a
Speight had been weighing up a possible overseas switch,
saying back in January the European lifestyle and possibility for travel was a
major draw card.
Ultimately, though, the lure of another World Cup appearance
has kept the 30-year-old in Australia for another season.
The new deal locks him in until the end of 2019, with next
year's Japan tournament a target for Speight.
"There’s still a lot to achieve with both the Brumbies
and the Wallabies so I’m really excited to be staying in Canberra for another
year," he said.
"The World Cup is a big target of mine. I really
enjoyed the experience in 2015 but I want to go one step further next year so
hopefully I’m part of that."
Speight said he also felt he had unfinished business in
Super Rugby with the Brumbies.
"Dan (McKellar) is also building something very special
at the Brumbies and they have done so much for me since I moved here to
Australia," he added.
After some injury-plagued seasons and a disjointed 2016,
where he balanced Sevens and XVs, Speight has re-discovered some of his best
form in recent times and has shown some spark for the Brumbies this season.
Speight played eight Tests for the Wallabies in 2017, the
most of his career since his 2014 debut and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said
Speight was still a valued player at international level.
"Henry has shown how much he wants to represent the
Brumbies and the Wallabies by knocking back big money offers from Europe to
stay and play his rugby in Australia," he said.
"It shows the quality of character in the man and you
need character like that to be a quality player.
"I'm sure he's going to have a huge impact on our game
over the next 18 months leading into the World Cup."