Jordan Uelese is the latest to progress through the Melbourne Rebels' youth set-up and sign his first professional contract.
Melbourne Rebels continue to look local as they build their squad for the 2017 Super Rugby season after signing Australia under-20 hooker Jordan Uelese.
The 19-year-old has already impressed in Australia's junior set-up and he was delighted to seal the deal with his hometown club.
"It's a childhood dream come true to sign my first professional contract and even better to get it in my home town of Melbourne," Uelese said on Tuesday.
"I am very grateful to the Rebels for the opportunity and especially my parents Tita and Sekaki Uelese for all they have done to get me this far, without them none of this would be possible.
"I think back in the days you had to move around but it’s awesome to be in Melbourne and shows there’s a genuine pathway to being a professional footy player."
Uelese became the third Victorian to sign for the club, following in the footsteps of fellow Melbournians Sione Tuipulotu and Rob Leota.
"Rob and Sione gave me a genuine insight and drive to become a professional footballer," Uelese said.
"They've set the standard and showed all the Victorians that it is possible to be a professional player in your home town.
"The Melbourne Rebels have definitely shown that belief in us."