The Melbourne Rebels have boosted their midfield options for next season with the signing of 20-year-old centre Reece Hodge.
The former Australian Schoolboys and Australian U20s representative, has played for Manly through junior grades before making his Shute Shield debut last year and cementing a regular place for the 2015 minor premiers this season, already scoring over 150 points.
He has previously played alongside new Rebels teammate Jordy Reid for the Marlins, as well as playing with Ben Meehan and Jonah Placid for the Australian U20s.
Hodge said he was looking forward to linking back up with some familiar faces in Melbourne after signing a two-year deal.
"I’m really grateful for the opportunity to move to Melbourne, and hopefully I’ll be able to repay that faith and continue to enjoy my footy at the same time," he told the Rebels official website.
"I’m looking forward to what the next two years holds.
"The opportunity to join the Rebels and hopefully play Super Rugby means a lot to me; the culture of the Club, and the direction the team is going, really impressed me. I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity, and certainly didn’t think it was going to happen this quickly."
Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said it was pleasing that the young centre wanted to move to Melbourne.
"The Rebels are looking forward to Reece joining the club," McGahan said. "He will add to the midfield depth that we have already; his form in the Shute Shield has been excellent, and his improvement in a full-time program will only enhance his goal of being a Super Rugby player at the Rebels.
"As somebody who has successfully come through the Australian Rugby elite pathway, Super Rugby is the next natural step for Reece, and we’re looking forward to helping him continue to push towards the realisation of that goal."