Hegarty excited about two more years at Tahs

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has praised the decision of Bryce Hegarty to commit to the franchise until the end of 2019.

Hegarty announced on Thursday that he will be with the Tahs for another two years despite the fact that there is abundant talent in the areas where he could possibly see himself getting a starting spot.

Hegarty can play fullback, centre and wing.

Gibson said: “We’re delighted that Bryce has elected to stay on. We know that he had a number of more lucrative options that he could have taken up and he has chosen to stay.

“That points to an exceptional character and it also says that he’s really on board making sure that we are the best team going forward.”

The 25-year-old Hegarty said he was keen to assume a leadership role within the playing group in this time of great change at the Waratahs.

“I’m excited (about the deal) and hoping to bring leadership, enthusiasm and a cool head when it is needed in those tough times that inevitably happen,” Hegarty said.

Hegarty’s introduction to the Waratahs at the end of 2015 was soured when he injured a knee and had to undergo a major knee reconstruction limiting his time on the field.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” he added.

“We want the best for NSW Rugby and all our fans and that’s what we are here to do and that is to play good rugby.

“It’s been a tough few years here at the Tahs but you know the exciting thing is that we are building and we are close (to realising our potential).”

Hegarty is expected to make his return to the playing field for the Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays next week against Queensland Country.