Salakaia-Loto extends Reds stay until 2022

Super Rugby
by Emma Greenwood

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will remain in Australian rugby after re-signing with the Reds until the end of 2022.

While he had already committed for 2020, the Wallabies back-rower has extended his contract to remain at Ballymore for the next three seasons.

The 23-year-old put pen to paper with the Queensland Rugby Union and Rugby Australia fresh off his Rugby World Cup campaign with the Wallabies in Japan.

He finished the 2019 international season with a total of 21 Tests for Australia.

“I’m very happy for my family and I to be staying here in Queensland for the next couple of years," Salakaia-Loto said.

“What we’ve got building at the Reds is exciting and I’m very fortunate to be a part of what’s to come in the near future.

“I’ve enjoyed my time with both the Reds and Wallabies so far and future success and opportunities with both squads is what helped make my decision an easy one."

Reds head coach Brad Thorn was thrilled to have Salakaia-Loto become the latest player to commit to the club.

“Lukhan’s come through with Queensland U20s and NRC and gone on to play for his state and country," Thorn said.

 “He’s represented Australia in 21 Tests – including a World Cup - and he’s only 23.

"In a short space of time he’s gained some good experience and alongside the lads here, he’ll continue to develop and grow within our program."

Salakaia-Loto, who finished third in voting for the Reds' prestigious Stan Pilecki Medal last season, joins several players to have pledged their long-term future to Queensland, including Wallabies teammates Taniela Tupou Izack Rodda (both 2023) and Jordan Petaia (2022), rising stars Tate McDermott, Isaac Lucas, Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson and fellow back-rowers Angus Scott-Young and Liam Wright (2021).