Enever can press for higher honours after Brumbies boost
RUGBY UNION: Former Wallabies forward Glen Panoho believes Sunshine Coast product Blake Enever can press his claims for an Australian jersey, after he signed a contract extension at the Brumbies.
The 25-year-old initially linked with the ACT-based outfit in 2015 and has since emerged as one of the country's most promising second-rowers, making 29 appearances.
He's played 10 matches this season and penned a new deal on Monday, which will see him there until the end of 2020.
And Wurtulla's Panoho, who coached Enever as a youngster, says the impressive lock now has an opportunity to take his game to another level.
"I'm rapt to hear he's been given an extension of three years," he said.
"That's great for Coast rugby, to see someone come through the pure pathway and go on to Super Rugby and hopefully he'll get a crack at the green and gold.
"If he stays injury free and performs consistently he'll give himself every opportunity to play for the Wallabies, no doubt about that."
The ex-Sunshine Coast Grammar and Sunshine Coast Stingrays backrower was always a talented player, according to Panoho, who was involved with both outfits.
"He was one of those young men who just listened intently. He was very quiet but very determined," he said.
"The interesting thing about Blake was the harder things got, the better he got. The tougher the opposition, the more he stepped up."
At 200cm and 116kg, Enever has developed a reputation for being deceptively fast, with a high work-rate.
The ex-Australian under-20s representative is eager to make a significant impact in years to come.
"I am very happy at re-signing for the Brumbies and am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead as a senior player in the squad," he said.
"I feel that I am becoming a better player day-by-day and am delighted that my future will be with this franchise."
Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson was pleased to have secured Enever's services.
"He has exactly the kind of qualities that we are looking for in a Brumby," he said.
"He is young, enthusiastic and has a tremendous skill-set both at the set-piece and in the loose. His attitude is first rate and we anticipate a very exciting future for him.
"We have a well-earned reputation for giving young talent the opportunity to shine and I am sure that Blake...will help to drive the club forward into the future."