Treviso secure the signature of Banks

Date published: May 12 2016

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PRO12 basement dwelling side, Treviso have announced the signing of the exciting Marty Banks from the Super Rugby champions, the Highlanders.

Banks, who joined the Super Rugby champions in 2015, is a versatile player that is able to slot in at fly-half and in the full-back position.

The pivot, who will see out his contract with ITM Cup side, Tasman, will arrive at Treviso ahead of next season.

Solid on defence, the Greymouth-born player is also known for his agility and posseses a very deceptive side-step.

The former Hurricanes and current Sunwolves coach, Mark Hammett, who signed Banks from Tasman, described the 26-year-old’s kicking as “hard to ignore”.

The Christchurch Boys High School product came on as a replacement in last year’s Super Rugby final for the Dunedin outfit, not only did he make an immediately impact but he also landed a 78th minute drop goal that extended the Highlanders’ lead to seven points and an ultimate victory.

A delighted Banks expressed his excitement at the new challenge and also hopes to add lots of value to the Italian side.

“When I heard that Treviso was interested in me was really exciting, they immediately made me feel part of the club,” Bank told the Treviso official website.

“I cannot wait to start my new adventure. I hope my presence in the squad will not only make an impact but also assist to the team to achieve its goals.”

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