Waratahs forward Jed Holloway is staying in NSW through to 2021 after signing a new two-year deal with the Waratahs.
There was speculation Holloway might be headed down the highway to the Brumbies but the lock/backrower has opted to stay at his home club.
The 26-year-old began his Super Rugby career as a no. 8 but has found a home in the Waratahs' second row this season, playing his 50th Super Rugby cap in 2019.
NSW general manager of rugby Tim Rapp said Holloway's progress in recent seasons had made him a valuable player for the side.
Jed’s a versatile forward who carries the ball strongly and has a good work rate in defence, he’s improving year-on-year which is a great sign from our point of view,” Rapp said.
“He’s come through our development pathways, more recently has taken on leadership roles at Southern Districts and loves representing New South Wales.
“Not only that, he does some wonderful charity work in his role as an Ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation – which I think says a lot for the sort of character Jed is.
“He’s a valued member of our squad and the ultimate team man, his presence around our young forwards will be invaluable over the next two years.”
Holloway said he was excited to be part of helping the next generation of Waratahs develop.
“After making my debut [in 2013] I had to bide my time a little bit before getting some regular opportunities,” Holloway said.
“To have notched 50 caps this season is an achievement I’m really proud of, and I’m glad to be staying in New South Wales to continue representing the Waratahs.
“There’s a good group of young guys coming through here and to be a part of that is an exciting prospect.
“In the meantime, I’ll be focusing on the National Rugby Championships before we get started on pre-season for 2020.”
The NRC kicks off on August 31, with NSW Country taking on the Sydney Rays at 1pm at Apex Park in Dubbo.