David Horwitz will head south at the end of 2017, joining the Rebels on a one year deal for next season.
As RUGBY.com.au revealed Sunday, Horwitz will join the Rebels seeking a consistent starting spot, with Kurtley Beale's impending return set to relegate him to the bench next season.
A consistent crack at inside centre has accelerated the 22-year-old's development this season.
He's one of the few Waratahs that have impressed on a weekly basis and that's due to the all-round package he provides as a foil for Bernard Foley.He is deceptively quick, strong and can play the second playmaker role, while also providing a solid crash ball option from set piece.
That makes him a quality midfield signing for the Rebels, who lose Mitch Inman to French club Oyonnax after Friday night's clash with the Jaguares.
“David’s signature is a coup for the Melbourne Rebels and clear indication that this club is building a competitive squad to challenge for the Australian Conference and Super Rugby finals,” Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said.
“We’ve been impressed by David’s development over the last two years as a strong ball carrier, effective communicator and ball player at first or second receiver through the NRC with NSW Country Eagles and at Super Rugby level with the Waratahs.
“David will complement our backline nicely which will boast 3 current Wallaby squad members and 5 current Australian U20’s representatives in 2018.
"David will add versatility, strong competition and experience so we’re pleased that he will continue his promising career with the Rebels and contribute to the club.”