Barnes excited at new deal

Centre commits to Australia and the Waratahs

Last Updated: 11/02/11 8:42am

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Barnes: New deal

Barnes: New deal

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Centre Berrick Barnes has become the latest player to agree a new two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

The 24-year-old had been linked with a move abroad - with Bath having been rumoured to have made an approach.

However Barnes has now opted to stay with Australia and the Waratahs, following Wallaby team-mates Stephen Moore, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell and Ben Alexander in committing until after the Lions have toured in 2013.

"I'm excited to get things cleared up. I'm excited to be staying in Sydney with the opportunity to represent my country as well," Barnes said.

"Both parties (the Australian Rugby Union & the NSW Waratahs) have been great. I feel like I am wanted. I'm excited about being here.

"I still have pride in both the Australian and the NSW jumper. I still want to play (for both teams).

"Getting this deal out of the way is good for my piece of mind. I've got stability and a sense of security. Now I can just focus on the footy."

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