Beale confirms Rebels switch
NSW Waratahs full-back Kurtley Beale has confirmed he will join the Melbourne Rebels on a two-year contract from next season.
The deal, which includes third-party sponsorship arrangements, will reportedly bump the 22-year-old's salary up to $700,000 Australian dollars a season but Beale, who has also re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2013, says money is not behind his decision to join the fledgling franchise.
"I am really excited about joining the Rebels, not only is it the right move for my rugby but it will also give me the chance to contribute positively to the community," Beale said in a statement.
"However, now that the decision has been made I want to make it clear that I will be 100% committed to the Waratahs for the remainder of the season.
"My absolute priority is to do everything I can to help the Waratahs achieve success in 2011."
Rebels coach Rod Macqueen declared Beale's signature a major coup for the club.
"We have not only secured a talented athlete, but also a person who understands the importance of contributing to the club on and off the field," Macqueen said.
Beale, who had been linked with a move to NRL club South Sydney, admits he had other options but says the chance to be part of a golden era in Australian rugby was too good to pass up.
"I still have a lot I want to achieve, to prove to both myself and others, in rugby," Beale said. "I've always aspired to be as consistent as I can be. Now that I've broken into the Wallabies, my goal is to be as consistent as I can as a Test player, to be a good Wallaby.
"I grew up with rugby league, and it's no secret that I enjoy it, but the last year and a half of my rugby career has been pretty special and I wasn't ready to give up the chance to continue with that."