Jordan Petaia pens new Reds deal
Cape Town - The Reds backline stocks have been bolstered after they
announced that star utility back Jordan Petaia has put pen to paper on a new
In a deal that signals Queensland's future intent, the
18-year-old has signed a four-year contract extension at the Brisbane-based
The teenager was set to make his Wallabies debut against
Italy in Padua last weekend, before a hamstring injury cruelled his bid to
become the third-youngest player to ever represent Australia at Test level.
Petaia, who only graduated from Brisbane State High School
last year, said he was excited to remain in Queensland and progress his rugby
career under Reds head coach Brad Thorn.
“I have learned a lot off Brad, he’s taught me a lot this
year and given me the opportunity at quite a young age so I’m very grateful for
that,” said Petaia.
“Samu (Kerevi) and the whole senior playing group at the
Reds have helped me develop and improve as a player.
“I tried to set goals at the start of the year but obviously
it’s been just one step at a time. This year, I was just trying to make the
pre-season with the Reds squad and then everything just came after that. So
I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, focusing on every little step and
gradually improving and working on my game.”
Thorn said: “Considering Jordan turned 18 earlier this year,
it’s outstanding what he’s achieved.
“He’s a nice young man. He’s humble and hard-working who
loves his footy. After making his debut and playing 11 games for Queensland,
we’ve got a taste of his talent.
“It’s exciting to think how far his career can go and we
look forward to him being here at Queensland.”
Petaia, a product of the Queensland Pathway, joined the Reds
for pre-season training ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season while still only
He later went on to become the Reds' youngest-ever Super
Rugby debutant when he took the field as a replacement against the Brumbies in
Canberra earlier this year at the age of 18 years and 24 days – and finished
the Super Rugby season with 11 caps.
Following his breakout maiden Super Rugby season, Petaia
finished as the 2018 National Rugby Championship's top try-scorer after he
crossed for his 10th try of the season for Bond University Queensland Country
during last month's Grand Final against the Fijian Drua.