The 14-times capped Test winger will be on the end of a superstar Rebels backline next season and his re-signing is another vote of confidence in the club’s highly regarded program and his enjoyment of international rugby.
Koroibete admitted staying in Melbourne was an obvious choice for him.
“I am very happy to be continuing with the Rebels in 2019. I joined the club when I first came to professional rugby and they have supported me to become a Wallaby. Now I want to repay their belief in me and be the best winger in the world. Melbourne is where I believe I can achieve that.”
Melbourne Rebels head coach David Wessels praised Marika’s commitment and determination to become a better player and his impact on the young talent in Melbourne.
“Marika has been an outstanding member of our club and community since he became a Rebel and we are very proud of what he has achieved,” Wessels said.
“At the same time, we want to help him to achieve even more. Marika is already a world-class winger and he has a key role to play in educating our emerging players. There is no doubt he is going to be a key part of our quest for a Super Rugby title in 2019.”
Koroibete’s re-signing confirms another key piece of the Melbourne Rebels 2019 squad, following the recent recruitment of number eight Isi Naisarani and Melbourne-born Wallaby, Matt Toomua, who will join the Rebels in May 2019 following the conclusion of his commitments with the Leicester Tigers in the UK.
“We improved a lot in 2018 and also made a lot of mistakes. We have learned even more about ourselves and what it is going to take for us to become the successful team we want to be,” Wessels added.
“We want the people of Melbourne to be proud of us and confirmation that Marika is with us on that journey is just part of the momentum we are building.”