Fraser McReight signs two year deal with QLD Reds – 22 / Nov / 2018
The St.George Queensland Reds have added further depth in the forwards for next year signing Brothers flanker Fraser McReight and Bond University prop Gavin Luka.
McReight, who was Rugby Australia’s U20s Player of the Year in 2018 having started in all Junior Wallabies matches at the World Rugby U20s Championship, has inked a two-year deal through 2020.
Frontrower, Luka, will be at Ballymore through 2019 and the pair’s signings follow the recent announcements of fellow Queensland pathway products Harry Wilson, Efi Ma’afu, Jock Campbell and Will Eadie also receiving a Reds contract.
Reds Head Coach Brad Thorn said: “Both Fraser and Gavin have come through our Queensland pathway and will provide good depth in the front and backrow for us.
“I worked with them as part of Queensland Country and the Queensland U20s in 2017. It’s good to see them take that next step in their Rugby careers here at Queensland.”
McReight and Luka have represented both Queensland and Australia at Schoolboys and U20s level, as well as being a part of National Rugby Championship (NRC) squads with Bond University Queensland Country and McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City.
An ankle injury denied McReight the opportunity to make his NRC debut with Queensland Country last year. He eventually debuted for Brisbane City in Round 1 of the 2018 NRC season and went on to play six matches, following another standout year in Queensland Premier Rugby with Brothers.
Luka’s performance at club level with Bond University saw him named in Queensland Country’s 2017 Grand Final team which claimed the NRC title with victory over the Canberra Vikings.
The Reds officially begin their preparations for the 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season next week, as pre-season training gets underway at Ballymore.
Place of birth: Buderim, QLD
Senior Club: Brothers
Junior Club: Albany Creek, GPS
School: Brisbane Grammar School
Representative Honours: Australian Schoolboys (2016), Queensland Schoolboys (2016), Queensland Sevens (2016), Queensland U20s (2017), Queensland Country NRC (2017), Junior Wallabies (2018), Brisbane City NRC (2018), Rugby Australia U20s Player of the Year (2018)
Senior Club: Bond University
Junior Club: Helensvale Hogs
School: St. Joseph’s Nudgee College
Representative Honours: Queensland Schoolboys (2014, 2015), Australian Schoolboys (2014), Australia U20s (2017), Queensland Country NRC (2017)