Reds sign Ben Lucas to add backline depth and experience

The Queensland Reds have added further depth and some much needed backline experience to their back stocks with the signing of former Queensland representative Ben Lucas for the 2018 season.

Lucas first represented Queensland from 2008 to 2014, notching 73 caps in Super Rugby before heading overseas to play in France and Japan for the past three years.

The 30-year-old utility offers cover in a number of positions, having previously played scrumhalf, flyhalf, wing and fullback throughout his time at the Reds.

“I’m really happy to be back at Ballymore. Queensland has always been my home. I loved every minute of my time at the Reds. It was tough to leave and I’ve kept a close eye on what was happening at Ballymore while I was away,” Lucas said.

“Brad doesn’t say a lot but I appreciate what he does say and his philosophy on Rugby. I think it suits the way I play.

With Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt both on the outer at Ballymore and Nick Frisy leaving to play in France, Lucas’ signing will give the Reds some much needed experience, however its understood the utility back had been in talks with the Reds since September last year.

“It’s a squad with a lot of young guys and some old heads. The best thing is everyone is keen to get stuck in. I can’t wait to get amongst it,” he added.

Lucas will join Reds’ pre-season preparations immediately, with their first fixture two weeks away, when the team plays an intra-squad trial at Ballymore Stadium on Friday 2 February.

“It’s good to be able to welcome a former Queensland representative back to Ballymore. Ben’s excited by the opportunity to come back and contribute,” Reds coach Brad Thorn said.