Boom rookie re-signs with Brumbies

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by Beth Newman

Rookie lock Tom Staniforth will be staying at the Brumbies for the next  two years, re-signing with the club this week.

After waiting nearly two years to add to a Super Rugby debut, Staniforth has forced his way into the Brumbies' Super Rugby fold this season and hasn't looked back.

The Canberra local has played nine games this year and earned plenty of praise from head coach Stephen Larkham for his performances in recent weeks.

Staniforth said he was excited to be staying at his home club for two more seasons. 

“It's a pretty proud moment to be able to sign with the Brumbies. I grew up here and obviously idolised the Brumbies as a kid,” he said.

"It's very nice to be wanted and to be able to re-sign for the next couple of years gives me a fair bit of stability and allows me to plan my off-field life."

The 21-year-old wants to be at the Brumbies for as long as possible, as well.

"I want to be here for a long time. Really enjoy playing for the Brumbiesenjoy the coaching staff and the players."

Staniforth has worked his way through the Australian pathways, including being Australian U20s vice-captain in 2014.

Tom Staniforth represented Australia U20s in 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Larkham said it was a major boost to have a local talent staying at the club.

“He’s had an exceptional season, which is credit to how hard he has worked over the past couple of years on developing his all-round game,” he said.

“Tom is a great young talent that has risen through the ranks of ACT rugby.

“His rise to a Super Rugby contract is a great reflection of our Pathways Program which supports young players.

“He is continually developing his game and we are very happy that he is staying with us for the next two years.”

The Brumbies have a bye this week, before hosting the Force in Canberra next weekend.