The Brumbies are not exactly setting the world on fire thus far in 2018 Super Rugby League play, but at least they have a source of fire on hand through 2019 by resigning Tom Banks.
Banks is expected to make the leap to the Wallaby level soon and he has been an electrifying presence since leaving Brisbane for Canberra ahead of last season.
Michael Cheika brought him onto the squad midway through last year and Cheika liked what he saw when Banks was playing for the Barbarians last year in a match with the Wallabies.
Banks was money when he pulled off a try-saving tackle on Wallabies winger and Melbourne Rebels player Sefa Naivalu in a 33 – 10 win by the Brumbies over the league leaders.
“I am very happy to have extended my contract with the Brumbies and am looking forward to enjoying my rugby with this fantastic club,” said Banks. “I am continually learning at this level and am thoroughly enjoying playing at the Brumbies. The coaching staff is excellent and the playing group is exceptional. It really is a tremendous place to live and play.“I am grateful to the Brumbies for giving me an extended chance at Super Rugby level and am excited by the prospect of developing alongside the many talented players at the club.”
Banks is widely considered one of the game’s brightest young stars. He is just 23 and gives every indication of a long-term upside when his speed and work ethic are taken into consideration.
New Brumbies Coach Dan McKellar is certainly glad to have saved Banks through the end of next season, telling reporters, “Tom has been a great addition to the club. He came down at the end of 2016 on the back of a good NRC and he is developing into a good Super Rugby player.Confidence and belief for any young footballer is a great thing to have and Tom is certainly showing signs of that. He’s just got to continue to work hard on his game, following his process every day and every week and that will allow him to reach his potential.”