Samu signs Brumbies extension

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by Beth Newman

Brumbies backrower Pete Samu has committed his future to Canberra, signing a two-year extension with the club.

Samu was already contracted to the end of 2020 but the in-form forward has already inked an extension to keep him in the ACT until 2022.

The former Crusader narrowly missed out on a World Cup spot this year but reminded everyone of his quality in the NRC.

The flanker was the Vikings’ best player this year and fans will be hoping he can take that form into 2020. Samu said he felt he had found a new home in Canberra.

“I am very excited by the opportunity to extend my current Brumbies contract and commit myself to the Brumbies for the next three years,” Samu said of the announcement.

“I feel I have settled in well in Canberra and I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. We have a strong bond within our playing group and a lot of quality in every position and I am looking forward to being able to contribute towards the club’s success.”

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said Samu had already made himself a valuable addition to the team.

Pete did an excellent job for us in his debut season and we are delighted that he has committed to the club long term,” he said.

“He has settled into the group well, played some outstanding rugby last season and is quickly becoming a leader within our team.

“His improved physicality is nicely complemented by very good skill, speed and rugby smarts. All traits that suit and complement how we want to play at the Brumbies.

“Pete also offers versatility which is so important to have within a squad over the course of a season. He epitomises the modern backrower with the ability to cover 8, 6 or 7."

The Brumbies open their 2020 season against the Reds at GIO Stadium on Friday January 31.