Lukhan Salakaia-Loto pens new deal with Queensland Reds

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has been with Reds since 2016
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has been with Reds since 2016

Australia international Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has extended his stay with Queensland Reds after signing a new deal with the Super Rugby club until the end of the 2022 season.

The 23-year-old started his professional rugby career with Randwick in 2014 and moved to Brisbane in 2016. He made his debut for Brisbane City and Super Rugby club Queensland Reds in 2016.

His consistent performances in the domestic circuit helped him earn a place in the Australia Test squad with his international debut coming in 2017. He has gone on to play 21 Tests for the Wallabies with his last appearance coming during the World Cup quarter-final defeat against England in Oita.

“I’m very happy for my family and I to be staying here in Queensland for the next couple of years," he said.

“What we’ve got building at the Reds is exciting and I’m very fortunate to be a part of what’s to come in the near future.

“I’ve enjoyed my time with both the Reds and Wallabies so far and future success and opportunities with both squads is what helped make my decision an easy one.”

Meanwhile, Reds head coach Brad Thorn is confident that Salakaia-Loto’s experience in international and domestic circuit will prove beneficial to the club.

“It’s good to see Lukhan Salakaia-Loto commit to Queensland for another three seasons.

“Lukhan’s come through with Queensland U20s and NRC and gone on to play for his state and country.

“He’s represented Australia in 21 Tests– including a World Cup, and he’s only 23. In a short space of time he’s gained some good experience and alongside the lads here, he’ll continue to develop and grow within our program.”

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