Young duo Jake McIntyre and Sam Greene have both re-signed for the Queensland Reds as the Super Rugby franchise prepares for life without Quade Cooper.
The 21-year-olds, who both made their Super Rugby debuts this year against Melbourne, are unlikely to be the only five-eighths in Brisbane next year with the Reds reportedly searching the globe for a replacement for Wallaby No.10 Cooper.
Queensland have a foreign marquee spot available following New Zealander Adam Thomson’s decision to join the Rebels next year.
Veteran France playmaker Frederic Michalak has already been linked to the Reds in the wake of Thomson’s move.
Michalak, who has an Australian wife, has already played Super Rugby for South Africa’s Sharks across two separate stints.
McIntyre did get a run at No.10 towards the end of the Reds’ Super Rugby campaign this year after Nick Frisby, a halfback by trade, spent the early part of the campaign at five-eighth with Cooper injured.
The ex-Australian schoolboy has signed a two-year deal with the Reds while Greene has signed a one-year contract.
“Jake and Sam have been a part of our programs for the past two seasons,” Reds coach Richard Graham said.
“We saw the benefit of that within our Premier competition, last season’s National Rugby Championship and also when they debuted for the Reds late this season.
“With another NRC under their belts, their game understanding and ability to help their team around the field will continue to develop.”
The pair were two of six contract announcements made by the Reds on Tuesday.
Others to ink deals were prop Pettowa Paraka, hooker Alex Mafi and locks Lukhan Tui and Izack Rodda.
All six are aged 21 or under.