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Broncos re-sign Wallace through to 2012

15/07/2008 05:19:46 PM Comments (0)

Peter Wallace believes he is in the perfect surroundings to launch his upcoming battles with exciting young Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce or any other player eyeing off the NSW No.7 Origin jumper in the future.

Wallace - who burst into Origin football for the Blues this year after just a handful of NRL games in the No.7 - was the prized signing as Brisbane looked to the future by locking up 10 players in a signing spree.

Wallace played in the first two Origins but was replaced for the series decider earlier this month by 19 year-old Pearce after rupturing his testicle in game two.

The 22-year-old former Penrith junior said Brisbane's halfback "brains trust" had been a factor in his decision to extend his contract with the Broncos through until 2012.

"I didn't expect any of this, I was just happy to get a game," said the red-haired half, pitched into the deep end when Darren Lockyer's persistent knee problems sidelined him for most of the first half of the NRL season.

Wallace will have some of the best in the business shaping his career and advising him in Allan Langer, Ivan Henjak who takes the coaching reins from Wayne Bennett next season, and Paul Green who wore the No.7 for Queensland.

Wallace and Pearce are headed for some tremendous battles in future years and Wallace is happy to launch his representative claims with a club as successful as Brisbane.

"I couldn't think of a better club to do it from." said Wallace.

"They've got some great players around here and some great ex-players as well."

Wallace, centre Steve Michaels and Wests Tigers forward Ben Te'o topped chief executive Bruno Cullen's 10-man list which included seven promising youngsters from the club's Toyota Cup squad.

Michaels re-signed for two years while Te'o, who Cullen sees as a possible replacement for retiring lock Tonie Carroll, has a one-year deal to test the waters for both parties.

The under-20 players signed were impressive utility Gerard Beale, fullback Josh Hoffman, halfback prospect Ben Hunt, hooker Andrew McCullough, highly-rated young prop Josh McGuire, Aucklander Will Tupou and flyer Jharal Yow Yeh.

Cullen said apart from negotiations with Origin winger Darius Boyd and utility David Stagg, Brisbane's books were now "closed".

"That's about it, the (25 man) roster is about full," said Cullen whose next challenge will be securing the services of fullback Karmichael Hunt to a long term deal when his contract expires at the end of next season.

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