FORMER Queanbeyan Whites halfback Nic White has expressed relief after securing his immediate Super Rugby future.
The 22-year-old will remain in Canberra for at least the next two seasons after signing a contract extension with the ACT Brumbies earlier this week.
The extension will see White stay at the club where he made his Super Rugby debut until at least the end of 2014.
White cemented his position as the Brumbies first choice no.9 last season while also earning a call up to the Australian Wallabies train-on squad.
In the wake of his re-signing, White said it had always been his first choice to remain in Canberra.
“The Brumbies gave me my first chance as a younger guy, so it was always my intention to continue my rugby here in Canberra,” he said.
“The program at the Brumbies has allowed me to make significant improvements to my game but I feel like I still have plenty of room to get better.
“We are a tight knit team and we spend a lot of time together. My partner Melissa and most of my friends are here in Canberra and I’m enjoying life as a Brumby. It’s comforting to know that I’m here for another season.”
After forcing his way onto the Wallabies bench last year, White’s hopes of making his national team debut were cruelled after the playmaker opted to undergo a season-ending shoulder reconstruction.
But the talented ball player said the Brumbies support through his lengthy rehabilitation process had served to reinforce his commitment to the two-time Super Rugby champions.
“Ben Serpell [Brumbies Athletic Performance Coach] and the rest of the Athletic Performance Department got me through my shoulder rehab over the off season,” White said.
“It showed me that the Brumbies is the best place for me to learn and improve as a player.”
White will be looking to add to his 19 Super Rugby Caps in 2013 having won the battle with reserve scrumhalf Ian Prior to retain his starting spot in coach Jake White’s side.
The talented ball player said he was pleased to have his contract negotiations out of the way as the Brumbies attempt to return to the Super Rugby finals for the first time since 2004.