Toua takes his talent back to Ballymore

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Aidan Toua is taking his talents back to Ballymore.

The return of the 27-year-old had long been rumoured and the Reds confirmed the signing on Saturday.

Toua, who featured for the Honda Heat at the end of the last year after leaving the Brumbies, said he had "unfinished business" upon his return to the club that afforded him his start.

"My previous time at the Reds and at Ballymore wasn't too successful on the injury front," Toua said.

"There's a sense of unfinished business here at Ballymore.Toua has unfinished business at Ballymore. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel"It ended a bit sooner than I would have thought so it's really nice to have this opportunity again to resurrect my career with the Reds.

"I have sat down with Thorny and (Paul Carozza) and we have talked about the season ahead and it's something to really look forward to."

Toua will be one of the leading candidates to fill the current void left at fullback by Karmichael Hunt injecting experience into an otherwise youthful backline.

"It's a very, very young squad which I think will work in the Reds' favour this year," Toua said.

"I think everyone will be very enthusiastic and very energetic about the season ahead."Toua delivered on his potential in Canberra. Photo: Getty ImagesCoach Brad Thorn said Toua will prove to be a valuable addition to his squad.

"It’s great to get Aidan on board. He’s a talented player who left Queensland a number of years ago and is returning with plenty of experience,” Thorn said.

"He’s got a good boot on him and understands the game really well, which is important for his position.

"He’ll provide us with good depth in the backline and is coming back because he loves this place and wants to contribute."