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Rookie sensation Bryce Hegarty has re-signed with the RaboDirect Rebels for a further two seasons, in a deal that will see him at the Club until at least 2015.
Bursting onto the Super Rugby scene in the round 13 match against the Blues, the 21 year old flyhalf made his run on debut just a week later against the Stormers, in the Rebels' first win over a South African opponent.
Hegarty's finest hour came the following week, with an outstanding tactical display against the New South Wales Waratahs, where the Rebels claimed the Weary Dunlop Shield for the very first time.
Originally signing for the Brisbane Broncos in 2010, Hegarty made the code switch when he signed an EPS contract with the Rebels at the end of 2012. Despite leaving what many thought was a promising rugby league career, he made an even bigger impression in his rookie Super Rugby season.
"Bryce was brought into our Club as a player with relatively little experience, but his performances this season have shown us exactly what he is capable of," said General Manager of Rugby, Sam Cordingley.
"He was incredibly determined and worked very hard for this opportunity, and that definitely showed. He is a very popular member of the squad and we are thrilled to reward him with a further two year extension.
"Bryce joins a raft of young Rebels re-committing to the Club, which we think shows great belief in the direction in which we are headed. He is also one of a growing number of Rebels EPS players who are graduating rapidly to our senior squad, which is something this Club is very proud of."
Ending his debut season with six Super Rugby caps to his name, Hegarty says it means a great deal to him to remain in Melbourne.
"I've loved my time in Melbourne so far. It's such a great city, and a place the boys and I are now able to call home.
"To be given the chance to stay is exactly what I had hoped for. We are a really tight knit group, so it was really important to me to remain a Rebel. I'm looking forward to working closely with the coaching staff and other players throughout preseason and over the next two years.
"We are in the early stages of preseason now and are all pushing each other to new levels. l can't wait to show what we are capable of in 2014."
Hegarty joins Scott Higginbotham, Hugh Pyle, Cadeyrn Neville, Luke Jones, Tom English, Mitch Inman and Jordy Reid in re-committing to the Rebels in the long term.
Western Force hooker Heath Tessman has re-signed with the club for the 2016 season.
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