Tom Lynagh signs extension with Queensland Reds

Sun, Jun 23, 2024, 12:58 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Reds coach Less Kiss and captain Liam Wright speak after their Round 15 win over the NSW Waratahs.

The Queensland Reds have locked in flyhalf Tom Lynagh until the end of the 2026 season.

Lynagh was called into his first Wallabies squad on Friday for the July series as one of 13 uncapped players.

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The 21-year-old was already signed until 2025, however, the one-year extension keeps the young half in Australian Rugby beyond the British and Irish Lions tour.

“With all I’ve learnt this year and the potential in the Queensland squad to go much further as a team, it’s been a really easy decision to extend at the Reds,” Lynagh said in a statement.

“When I see guys like Hunter (Paisami), ‘Flooky’ (Josh Flook), ‘Smithy’ (Ryan Smith) and Josh (Nasser) signing, I know they have the same idea as me to be part of something strong going forward.

“The new coaching staff have made me a smarter player and I feel I’ve improved significantly. That’s general understanding, management of the game, being able to direct the forwards better and just more experience.

“It’s been a really positive environment to improve as a 10 with Harry (McLaughlin-Phillips), Lawson (Creighton) and James (O’Connor) all at the Reds to keep pushing each other to improve.”

The Reds flyhalf has handled the pressure that comes with having the Lynagh surname, with dad Michael a legend of Australian and World Rugby.

Lynagh has played 23 games for the Reds and will compete with the likes of Noah Lolesio and Ben Donaldson for a spot in the Wallabies side for the opening Test on July 6.

It continues his remarkable rise after leaving his family in Europe, where brother Louis has carved his own path with Italy, signing with the Reds at the end of 2021.

“Growing up in an Australian-Italian home, I watched every game played by the Wallabies. I have always dreamt of playing for Australia,” Lynagh said.

“I’m extremely grateful to be picked in my first squad and be that bit closer.”

“For Tom to re-sign is a great endorsement for the Reds and the program," coach Les Kiss added.

“His development this year has been fantastic. What I love is Tom understanding he has so much to learn and him wanting to do the hard work to get there.”

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