The NSW Waratahs have won the race to schoolboy sensation Max Jorgensen.
Jorgensen, son of former Wallaby and NRL player Peter, had reportedly received interest from several clubs across both rugby codes, playing fullback for the NSW under 18s for the last two years.
He was also named in the Junior Wallabies squad earlier this year whilst still currently in Year 12 at St Joseph’s College.
"It’s always great for us to be able to keep the most exciting prospects in the game of Rugby," RA CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement.
“Max has shown himself to be one of those special young players in schoolboy Rugby, and we are thrilled that he agreed to continue his blossoming career in the game with the NSW Waratahs.”
Having come through the Waratahs Academy, Jorgenson was excited about the chance to continue his development, set to be named in the Waratahs Development squad to face a Brumbies XV on Saturday.
“I’m proud to be on board with the Waratahs, they have a terrific setup, and the new Centre of Excellence looks amazing," Jorgensen believes.
“I am excited by the opportunities in rugby over the next few years and looking forward to playing high-quality rugby with some amazing players at the Waratahs.
“I’m focused on having a great pre-season and can’t wait to learn from the coaching staff and experienced teammates.”
Waratahs coach Darren Coleman believes the signing is a positive for the club and Australian Rugby, looking to continue his development.
“Securing Max is a positive outcome, not only for the Waratahs but for Australian rugby, as he is one of the elite schoolboys from the class of 2022 and highly sought after," Coleman added.
“It’s great he has decided to remain at the Waratahs especially after spending the past three years in our academy.
“Max understands he has a long way to go and a lot of work to do before he can become a fully-fledged Super Rugby player, but we look forward to working with him and helping him develop his game.”