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Harris joins Melbourne

  • Harris joins Melbourne

Mike Harris will join the Melbourne Rebels next season after penning a two-year deal with the club this week. The Queensland Reds utility back has been a target of coach Tony McGahan to help bolster the young Rebels backline.

After defecting from New Zealand to Australia to seek out the opportunity to play for a national team, Harris now has 10 Wallabies Tests to his name and is capable of playing at fly-half, centre and fullback.

With Tamati Ellison seeking a New Zealand club to play with in the near future, it is expected Harris will slot into a fly-half or centre position to aid the likes of Bryce Hegarty, Mitch Inman and Angus Roberts.

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“The Rebels showed a lot of interest and keeping it fresh with a new team in a new city appeals to me. I’m off-contract so sometimes it’s just timing,” Harris said.

“There was interest as well from the Reds so you do go back and forth in your head to reach a hard decision.

“I’ve put heart and soul into the Reds and enjoyed all the support in Queensland so it will be sad to leave.”

Tony McGahan has been actively seeking internationally experienced players to come to the Rebels -- including Bernard Foley, Matt Toomua and Christian Leali'ifano -- and it is expected that he won't stop at just Mike Harris.

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