The Waratahs have received a shot in the arm after up-and-coming fly-half Tane Edmed signed a new two-year contract which will keep him at the Sydney-based outfit until the end of the 2024 campaign.
Edmed has come through the ranks at the Waratahs and after he graduated from the the New South Wales rugby academy and elite development squad he moved into the senior ranks and represented Eastwood Rugby Club in the Shute Shield.
After helping Eastwod reach the the Shute Shield’s Grand Final in 2020, Edmed won the Waratahs‘ Dave Dennis elite youth development player of the year award.
In fine form
He made his senior debut for the Waratahs in 2021 and has cemented his position as the Sydneysiders’ first choice fly-half in 2022.
Amongst his standout performances came during the Waratahs’ impressive victories against the Crusaders and Highlanders in Rounds 11 and 14 of Super Rugby Pacific respectively.
The 21-year-old is looking forward to continuing his career at the Waratahs.
“Yeah, it’s pretty unbelievable, I grew up here, have a lot of close friends in the team and there’s just such a good feeling around the group,” Edmed told the Waratahs’ official website.
“The coaching group here is world-class and I feel that it’s the best place for my development as a person and a player, and one of the main reasons I’m staying.
“The future is really exciting here with the new facility, the new stadium, and in this incredible culture that we’re building, so it would be silly to leave.
“At the start of the season DC asked us what kind of legacy we want to leave or what our goals are, and mine was to be a part of this journey in rebuilding the Waratahs getting the team back to where it deserves to be.
“I love playing for the Waratahs and can see myself being here for years to come.”
Waratahs head coach Darren Coleman is delighted that Edmed has opted to stay at the club.
“Tane’s had a breakout season and sometimes it just shows guys just need an opportunity, and once he got it, he took it with both hands,” he said.
“It’s a great reflection of the quality of the pathway system that he’s come through, from NSW schools into our academy and then graduating into the main team.
“Tane has a big future both here at the Waratahs and with the wallabies if his game keeps developing.
“As a team man and a person, he’s first-class, he plays tough week in and week out and the boys love him. We’ve seen from the Crusaders game how much he cares about this team; he wears his heart on his sleeve which is awesome.”