13 May Coleman re-signs ahead of Lions blockbuster
Robbie Coleman has extended his contract with the Brumbies and will remain in Canberra until the end of the 2017. The utility back made the announcement while the team was on tour in South Africa on Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s clash against the Lions.
A veteran of more than 60 games for the Brumbies over five seasons, Coleman is one of the club’s most experienced backs. Lighting quick in space but equally as talented with the ball in his hands, Coleman can fill any position in the backline.
He said despite fielding significant interest from both Australian rivals and teams overseas, Canberra was always his preferred option.
“There were a few other things that we looked at but at the end of the day my first choice was to stay in Canberra with the Brumbies so I’m pleased we were able to make that happen,” Coleman said.
“Working with Stephen Larkham has been huge for my career and I continue to learn plenty from him. He was a big part of me wanting to stay with the Brumbies as I know I can becomes a better player here.
“As a Canberra-based player, I played all my junior footy in Queanbeyan, I hope this shows there are good opportunities here for local players. By the time my new deal is up I’ll have been contracted with the Brumbies for seven years and there are certainly other young guys coming through the ranks in Canberra who are capable of achieving the same thing.”
After debuting at inside-centre against the Reds, Coleman has successfully featured in every backline position since 2010, even filling in at scrumhalf on the odd occasion.
He said while this season had seen him feature primarily at 12, he had no reservations about playing anywhere in the backs as long as it was a positive for the team.
“I honestly don’t mind where I’m playing, just as long as I can have a positive impact,” he said.
“At the end of the day we’ve got plenty of faith in the processes and systems the coaches have put in place here so I’m just happy to do my job, where ever that may be.
“Over the next few years I’d like to think I’ll be able to add experience to our squad and that I’ll be in a position to positively impact younger players around me.”
Coleman joins a growing list of players to have re-signed with the Brumbies including James Dargaville, who put pen to paper last weekend.
The Brumbies will spend the week in Johannesburg ahead of Saturday’s game against the Lions at Ellis Park.
SR Debut: 2010 v Reds, Canberra
SR Caps: 64