The Melbourne Rebels are proud to announce back-rower Brad Wilkin has re-committed to the Rebels until the end of 2024.
Wilkin has been one of the Rebels’ strongest performers this year, playing every match of the Super Rugby Pacific season, leading his side in tackles made (167) and turnovers won (15) while being one of the highest contributors for carries (59) and metres carried (212).
Hailing from Wellington NSW, Wilkin began his senior rugby journey playing for Brisbane City in the NRC, winning a title under the guidance of coach Nick Stiles.
Wilkin’s impressive form would lead to selection in the 2015 Junior Wallabies squad for the Under-20 Championships in Italy, where he represented his country alongside Rebels teammates Andrew Kellaway, James Tuttle, and Cameron Orr.
Three years later, the powerfully built flanker would make his Super Rugby debut, playing six games over two seasons for the Waratahs before relocating to Melbourne, where he has since gone on to play 28 matches for the Rebels, becoming one of the Club’s most respected voices among the playing group.
Wilkin’s re-signing will further strengthen the Rebels’ impressive back-row depth which carries a wealth of experience on both the Super Rugby and international levels.
The twenty-six-year-old said he’s excited to continue representing the City of Melbourne and for the opportunity to continue to grow with an emerging Rebels squad.
“I’ve loved my time with the Club and in this city, and I’m really hungry to achieve something special here at the Rebels,” said Wilkin.
“This hasn’t been the season that we wanted but there’s great potential within the group and I’m excited to explore that more.
“Playing every game so far this year has been a nice reward after the past few years, and I’ve really enjoyed building some consistency and growing as a player.
“I want to push for higher honours and challenge myself in Australia, under the best coaches which we’ve got on offer.”
Melbourne Rebels CEO Baden Stephenson said it was fantastic to have one of the Club’s core players re-sign with the Club.
“It’s great to have Brad re-commit to the Rebels especially after such an impressive campaign where he’s played all 13 games and been one of our top performers week-in, week-out,” said Stephenson.
“Brad is a highly skilled player with great character, who’s loved by all his teammates for his professionalism, his resilience and loyalty, so to have someone of his calibre re-commit is a fantastic reflection on our Club and the direction we’re heading in.”
Today’s announcement begins an exciting week for the Club, with the Rebels using their final home game of the 2022 season to pay tribute to its fans and the wider Victorian rugby community for their ongoing support.
Sunday afternoon’s Round 15 clash will see pre- and post-game activities, including sausage sizzles, player signing opportunities, giveaways and a post-game kick-to-kick on AAMI Park.
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