The Reds have locked away a crucial piece of their front row, with prop James Slipper extending his contract with Queensland Rugby until the end of 2013.
The agreement, which also includes a two-year Australian Rugby Union component, will keep the 22-year-old Wallabies revelation with the Reds for the next two seasons as they strive to backup their inaugural Super Rugby championship.
Slipper's deal is the second major front row re-signing announcement made since the conclusion of the 2011 Super Rugby season with fellow prop Ben Daley recently re-committing with the Reds for another two seasons.
"It's good to get it [the contract] sorted out," Slipper said.
"I've enjoyed the experience I've had to date, both playing for Queensland and with the Wallabies, but I really feel that I am only just getting started.
"Certainly I hope that is the case. I know I'll have to keep working hard and improving my game to make sure that it is."
Slipper hasn't disappointed since his elevation to the Super Rugby ranks in 2010 by Reds head coach Ewen McKenzie, the 22-year-old surpassing all expectations in his 17 Super Rugby and 14 Test appearances.
"James' development has been instrumental to what we've been able to achieve on the field and there isn't anything I've seen that makes me doubt his potential to become a world-class prop," McKenzie said.
"James is still incredibly young for a prop and will only continue to improve as he gets older, so I'm thrilled he has committed to be one of the anchors for our scrum in the next two seasons and hopefully beyond."
Slipper first debuted for the Reds at the beginning of 2010 while still a member of the Reds Academy, and in one of the more remarkable success stories of the year, capped of the season with selection for the Wallabies, where he played 12 straight games from the bench before being awarded his maiden ‘start' during Australia's win over Italy in the penultimate game of last year's year-end tour.
Voted the 2009 Australian Under-20 Player of the Year, Slipper was an instrumental to the Reds campaign this past season, featuring in 14 matches before a cruel ankle injury in the final round of the regular season forced the talented youngster to miss the Reds Semi-Final against the Blues and Super Rugby Final victory over the Crusaders.
Despite the injury Slipper still gained selection in the Wallabies Tri-Nations squad and is expected to play a major role in Australia's future campaigns following his rehabilitation.
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