Beale coup for Rebels
Melbourne secure signing of Australia full-back
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: April 14, 2011 7:16am
Beale: New deal
Melbourne Rebels have confirmed they have agreed a two-year deal with Australia full-back Kurtley Beale.
The 22-year-old, rated as one of the brightest talents Down Under, will make the move from the Waratahs at the end of the current Super Rugby campaign.
And Rebels coach Rod Macqueen is thrilled that Beale has signed on with the new boys.
"We have not only secured a talented athlete, but also a person who understands the importance of contributing to the club on and off the field," said Macqueen.
Although Beale is relishing his move to Melbourne, he insists his first focus is finishing the season on a high with the Waratahs.
"I am really excited about joining the RaboDirect Rebels, not only is it the right move for my rugby but it will also give me the chance to contribute positively to the community," he said.
"However, now that the decision has been made I want to make it clear that I will be 100 per cent committed to the Waratahs for the remainder of the season.
"My absolute priority is to do everything I can to help the Waratahs achieve success in 2011."
The Rebels have also agreed new contracts with promising young duo Nick Phipps and Hugh Pyle.
Macqueen added: "Both Phipps and Pyle have been strong contributors for our team this year and we believe they will be a big part of our plans moving forward."