Brumbies lock in Banks for 2019

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

There's some good news to the start the week for Brumbies fans, with Tom Banks putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him in Canberra until the end of 2019.

The fullback had a breakout 2017, having moved south seeking more opportunity than he was afforded in Brisbane with the Reds.

He made the most of those opportunities in Canberra and is now the club's number one option at fullback, such is the standing he has built in the last 12 months.

"I am very happy to have extended my contract with the Brumbies and am looking forward to enjoying my rugby with this fantastic club," Banks said.
Banks was brilliant for the Brumbies last season. Photo: Getty Images"I am continually learning at this level and am thoroughly enjoying playing at the Brumbies.

"The coaching staff is excellent and the playing group is exceptional. It really is a tremendous place to live and play.

"I am grateful to the Brumbies for giving me an extended chance at Super Rugby level and am excited by the prospect of developing alongside the many talented players at the club."

Banks' sharp turn of foot, raw strength and rugby smarts are all traits that makes Banks an exciting talent at the age of 23.

"He’s got good speed, can identify space well and is a genuine threat to opposition defences, so it’s exciting to have him commit to the squad," coach Dan McKellar said.Banks is now a crucial part of the Brumbies' Australian Conference defence. Photo: Getty Images"You need point of difference players and Tom is certainly one

"He is someone who can create something out of nothing.

"Confidence and belief for any young footballer is a great thing to have and Tom is certainly showing signs of that.

"He’s just got to continue to work hard on his game, following his process every day and every week and that will allow him to reach his potential."

The Brumbies play their first home game on Saturday when the host the sharks at GIO Stadium, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and radio.