The Melbourne Rebels beat all the other teams looking to secure the services of 19 –year-old Jack Maddocks, considered one of the most talented and highly rated of all the Australian junior players, signing him to a two-year deal.
Maddocks was a star of Australis’s recent U20 campaign, playing every minute of all five games at fullback. He is also proficient at cricket, playing first-grade on scholarship with Sydney University.
He is slotted as a potential replacement for Mike Harris.
The announcement of Maddocks’ signing comes not long subsequent to the Rebels poaching of Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete.
Most of the Super Rugby clubs were desirous of Maddocks, but if he is to be taken at his word, the Rebels’ solid reputation for developing young players was a key consideration.
Rebels football manager Baden Stephenson was rightfully fluffed at his coup and Coach Tony McMahon is obviously gladdened to have Maddocks future work load serving, rather than hindering, him.
For a rugger on a cricket scholarship, Maddocks seems to have his heart invested in rugby, where he produced at man-of-the-match performance in an under-20 match win over New Zealand at the world championship in England.