Reds seal three more contracts
June 9, 2006

QR Queensland Reds coach Eddie Jones completed his first week at Ballymore by announcing a further three signatures to the Reds list of contracted players for 2007.

On the Sunshine Coast for the Suncorp Queensland Rugby Regional Tour, Jones announced utility back-rower Tom McVerry and speedy winger Peter Hynes have re-signed, and Australian U19s and Sevens back-rower AJ Gilbert has been given a one-year rookie contract.

The exciting young Gilbert hails from Dorrigo in NSW and played at lock in Australia's win at the Under 19s World Championships in Dubai earlier this year and has just returned from Europe where he played for Australia in the IRB Sevens tournament.

Jones was pleased to retain McVerry and Hynes, who he describes as important members of the squad he is building.

"It's very pleasing to re-sign Tom McVerry who's aggression, versatility and ability to link the forwards with the backs makes him an important member of the squad," Jones said.

"Peter is still a very young winger with his best rugby ahead of him, and he's another we look forward to developing.

"AJ Gilbert played well for the Australian Under 19s in their recent World Championship win and he's a talented player who can play No. 6, 7 or 8."

Jones said it had been a positive first week at the helm of the Reds

"This is all positive news on top of the Lloyd Johansson signing earlier in the week in terms of moving us forward and it's a good way to end my first week here," Jones said.

Today's signings take the total number of Reds contracted players for the 2007 Tooheys New Super 14 season to 23.

The Reds today also signed Australian U19s front-rower Ben Daley, son of former Manly rugby league player Phil, into the Reds Academy Squad.

Daley, considered the best prop of his age group, has signed for three years.

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