The NSW Waratahs have received a major boost with flyhalf Tane Edmed re-signing until the end of the 2024 season.
Edmed has experienced a breakout season in 2022 since making his debut last year, with all 10 appearances in 2021 coming via the bench.
With Ben Donaldson and Will Harrison going down with injury, this allowed the 21-year-old to shine, stepping into the starting role in round six against the Reds as he shined in Super Rugby Pacific, firmly establishing himself as their lead playmaker heading into the finals.
The logjam at flyhalf led to suggestions Edmed could leave for another club, however, this has put to rest as he inks a two-year deal.
“Yeah, it's pretty unbelievable, I grew up here, have a lot of close friends in the team and there's just such a good feeling around the group,” Edmed said in a statement.
“The coaching group here is world-class and I feel that it’s the best place for my development as a person and a player, and one of the main reasons I’m staying.
“The future is really exciting here with the new facility, the new stadium, and in this incredible culture that we’re building, so it would be silly to leave.
“At the start of the season DC asked us what kind of legacy we want to leave or what our goals are, and mine was to be a part of this journey in rebuilding the Waratahs getting the team back to where it deserves to be.
“I love playing for the Waratahs and can see myself being here for years to come.”
Waratahs coach Darren Coleman was thrilled to re-sign Edmed, proud of how he has taken his chance and positioned himself as one of the brightest prospects in Australian Rugby.
“Tane’s had a breakout season and sometimes it just shows guys just need an opportunity, and once he got it, he took it with both hands,” Coleman said.
“It’s a great reflection of the quality of the pathway system that he’s come through, from NSW schools into our academy and then graduating into the main team.
“Tane has a big future both here at the Waratahs and with the wallabies if his game keeps developing.
“As a team man and a person, he’s first-class, he plays tough week in and week out and the boys love him. We’ve seen from the Crusaders game how much he cares about this team; he wears his heart on his sleeve which is awesome.”