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Reds retain Wallaby star

The Reds have retained star centre Samu Kerevi, re-signing him until the end of 2019.

Kerevi had been linked with a move to the Brumbies before opting to stay with Queensland.

“I’m excited to stay in Queensland for one more year, my family was a big factor in staying,” Kerevi said.

“The young boys coming through the club is what keeps me at the Reds.

“I see the potential – not long ago I was in their shoes so to have one more year with them will be special.”

Kerevi joins Izack Rodda, JP Smith, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Aidan Toua and Alex Mafi in re-signing with the club this week.

Kerevi gave credit to Brad Thorn for his influence on the culture of the team in the past year.

“Brad [Thorn] has been awesome in changing the culture and mentality of not just the team but also the organisation.

“In saying that, in any successful team there’s always room for improvement.”

Kerevi now has his sights set on a return to the Wallabies’ No. 12 jersey. A ruptured bicep has kept the midfielder out since July, but he is hoping for an on-field return in the near future especially with the World Cup looming.

“The World Cup is next year and that’s pretty special for any rugby player,” Kerevi said.

“It’s the biggest stage in World Rugby and that was another driver for me.

“First thing is first and that’s getting back to fitness and playing well for my club and hopefully being picked to represent Australia through the year and into the World Cup.

“Right now my goal is to hopefully make the back-end of the NRC, or even the Club 7’s Series but that all depends on how my rehab goes.”

The Wallabies are currently in the middle of their Rugby Championship campaign and are set to play South Africa in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time.

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Reds retain Wallaby star