Journey worth it for new Melbourne Rebel

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by Beth Newman

Paul Asquith has racked up the kilometres through his rugby career and the journey has paid off for the newest Melbourne Rebel.

The Rebels today announced the signing of the utility back from the NSW South Coast ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The Kiama Junior has been playing for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield, travelling 90 kilometres each way from his home in Jamberoo to his team’s training ground.

Asquith was a stand out in this year’s NRC season, earning selection in the 2015 Australian NRC Barbarians team.

The 22-year-old has also spent time in the Australian Sevens program which helped him in the provincial competition.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan said he was looking forward to seeing Asquith make the transition into Super Rugby.

“We are thrilled that Paul has joined the squad as we feel that his skill set and versatility will add depth to our backline,” he said.

“His strengths are his speed, agility and ability to find space.

“He has a good work ethic and the ability to learn which will enable the Rebels program to refine his all round game”.

Asquith arrived in Melbourne less than a fortnight ago but said he was confident of settling in.

“I’ve noticed a special camaraderie between both player to player and player to coach which I like,” he said.

“There is a culture around honesty and accountability which means nobody is idle or complacent and this seems to drive the work-ethic.”