The Reds continue to lock away its talent for next season with experienced forwards Greg Holmes and Van Humphries re-signing with Queensland Rugby for a further year.
The deal ensures two of Queensland Rugby's most reliable servants remain with the Reds for the 2012 season, where they will endeavour to add to the 121 combined provincial caps they've earned for the State throughout their careers.
"It's important to have the right balance of veterans and rookies in your squad and both Greg and Van bring a wealth of experience to the group while they are still playing at a very high level," head coach Ewen McKenzie said.
"Next year we'll encounter a longer season again with an August finish and there will be more of a burden on the playing group. Having players with this sort of experience will help us see out a potentially more gruelling campaign."
Holmes has played 71 games for Queensland since his debut against the Blues in 2005 and was an integral member for the Reds during the 2011 Super Rugby Finals Series as their starting tighthead prop in both the Semi-Final against the Blues and Final against the Crusaders.
At 185cm and 114kg, Holmes has featured in 13 Tests for Australia at loosehead prop although in recent seasons has made significant strides in his game and is now capable of playing on both sides of the scrum.
"All the hard years were tough, but this year has made it all worthwhile and I'm happy to stay in Queensland," Holmes said.
"I've never wanted to leave and if Queensland is happy to keep me, I probably never will. Winning that title in something I never thought would happen and it has made it all the sweeter.
"We've got a really good squad here and everyone is happy. There is no reason we can't win it again and everyone is itching to get out there and go again next year."
Veteran lock Humphries played his 50th provincial game for Queensland during the 2011 Super Rugby season and has been a rock as the team's line-out general since returning to the Reds in 2008 in what was his third stint at the club.
Humphries first played for the Reds in 2000, his debut coming against Argentina, and after a brief period with the Waratahs, returned to Queensland for a second time in 2004.
"It's pretty amazing to win a Super Rugby title and you always hope to play in a team that achieves that sort of success. Now we've tasted it, every player is looking forward to next year," Humphries said.
"The Reds have generated a lot of interest in Rugby, not only in Queensland but around Australia, and it's exciting for us as a group to know people will be watching us. We're really looking forward to entertaining next year.
"When I went overseas in the middle of my career, playing 50 games is something I never thought I'd ever get, but it was amazing and I'm looking forward to getting a few more next year."
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