Australia international Jack Dempsey has committed his future to Rugby Australia and Super Rugby club Waratahs after signing a two-year deal.
Dempsey made his professional rugby debut with North Harbour Rays in 2014 and his Super Rugby debut came a year later.
“I want to continue to represent the State that I come from and the one that has put me on this pathway ever since I started playing junior rugby. It’s about paying back the State,” said Dempsey.
“The other factor is the group of boys we have here is pretty special. And having watched the past year and the corner that we turned on the field is really exciting going into 2019, I want to be part of that,” he added.
“From a personal point of view, I always felt that I’ve brought something different to the backrow, whether playing for my Shute Shield Club Gordon, in the NRC for Sydney, the NSW Waratahs or Australia. And throughout my rehabilitation, I wanted to make sure that I was still that player.”
Dempsey earned a place in the national squad and his Wallabies debut came during the June series last year. Until now he has gone on to play for Australia eight times including the recently concluded November international game against Wales which Michael Cheika's men went on to lose 9-6.
“I went a long time without any good news so now to have some back-to-back good news after playing the last game and now to re-sign, is just awesome.
“Firstly to stay in New South Wales and then to have the opportunity to represent Australia for potentially the next two years is just a cherry on top.
“The support I’ve had from the Waratahs and the Wallabies over the past year has been world class so I have to thank them so much for helping me get back to this level.”