Melbourne-based Super Rugby franchise the Rebels have announced that Scott Fuglistaller has signed a two year contract with the club keeping him in Super Rugby until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Fuglistaller had no hesitation in repaying the faith the Rebels placed in him when they first signed him ahead of the 2013 season.
"I'm very happy to be extending my stay at the Rebels," Fuglistaller said. "This Club gave me a two year contract and a chance in Super Rugby, and I feel like repaying the faith in them is the right thing to do and I am happy to stick around for another two years."
The openside flanker had an outstanding debut season in 2013, playing every game and winning the Spirit of Weary Dunlop Award for the player who showed the most passion for the Club on the field. He has continued in a similar vein in 2014, missing just one game due to injury and joining the Club's leadership group.
"I feel like I have learnt a lot this year (under Tony McGahan)," he said. "My confidence has grown, and I feel like out of all of my years in Rugby I have learnt the most this year which is a real positive.
"Being in the leadership group didn't play a huge factor in me deciding to stay; my young family was my main focus there. However being in the leadership group is a nice added bonus, as is playing regularly and having fun with the boys."
Rebels' Head Coach Tony McGahan identified Fuglistaller as a priority re-signing, and is pleased to see him commit to the Club.
"Scott has been a very important part of the Club over the last couple of years, and especially this year with such a young group," McGahan said.
"His leadership across the group has been fantastic and is certainly backed up by his on-field efforts."
Fuglistaller, who lives in Melbourne with wife Kaahuia and son Mason, soon to turn one,is pleased to stay in the world's sporting capital for at least an additional two seasons, and at such a family-oriented Club.
"Melbourne is a great city; it's expensive, but it's a great city!" Fuglistaller laughs. "My wife and I just wrote a list of things that we want to see and do here in Melbourne as our baby boy gets older, so that will be cool too."
"The Club is trying really hard to be a family Club, and it's not an easy transition," he explains.
"They've put in place a lot of great things which are starting to have a big effect. Our partners feel more involved than ever before, and hopefully that helps the players this year and in the future want to stick around longer and really grow the Club."
McGahan stressed that the emphasis on family was a long-term goal of the Club, and was pleased it had played in part in Fuglistaller's renewal.
"We'll continue to focus on the family side of things," McGahan said. "It's really important that in a different environment for Rugby we need to really build a Club, as opposed to building a team.
"We've put some new initiatives this year that we've had some great feedback on, and we've involved all the stakeholders from the Club as much as possible including our members, sponsors, playing group, on and off field staff, and the partners, kids and parents of the players. It's very important to us moving forward to continue that."
Fuglistaller is pleased to see the Club continue to grow under McGahan's watch, and as the Club works on developing a world-class Rugby program he is confident success is just around the corner.
"I feel 100% that the Club is heading in the right direction," he said. "I understand the difficulty the Club faces financially, and what Rugby in general faces financially. To do what they've done here so far, and to carry on doing it, is well done and I tip my hat to everybody involved. I feel like the Rebels are definitely something I want to continue to be a part of."
Following the re-signings of Sean McMahon and Nic Stirzaker in recent times, McGahan and the Club will continue to negotiate with further players whose contracts are due to expire at the end of the 2014 season.
"It's great to have these guys re-signing and believing in the program," McGahan said.
"It's so important to have those wiser heads locked in to be around the group as well, and with Scott's contribution to the program and what he delivers it's (his re-signing) certainly a big lift to the Club."