Jack Reed commits to England

England are delighted to announce that Brisbane Broncos centre Jack Reed has pledged his allegiance to the country of his birth and will figure in Steve McNamara’s plans for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations.

Reed, who was born in Castleford and moved to Australia when he was two, has enjoyed a sensational debut season in the NRL and will feature in England’s train-on squad from next week.

The 23-year-old’s form had seen him earmarked as a future Queensland player but the young Bronco, nicknamed ‘Jumping Jack’ Down Under, has turned his back on State of Origin representation to become part of Steve McNamara’s England plans for the Gillette Four Nations and the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

“Jack is an exciting player, who has had a great season in the NRL,” said England coach McNamara.

“We are delighted that he is pledging his allegiance to England. It is a great coup for us as we continue our preparations ahead of the Gillette Four Nations. I have been in constant dialogue with Jack and his manager throughout the year and he has convinced me of his desire and total commitment to play for the country of his birth.

“We are always interested in adding quality to the squad and Jack certainly fits that bill - he will add great competition to our backs.”

Reed, who will play for Brisbane in this weekend’s NRL Play-off semi-final against St George Illawarra Dragons, has scored 12 tries during the 2011 season and his direct style has impressed the England coach.

“We have analysed his performances throughout this year’s campaign and he has gained valuable experience playing in a tough competition in his first season,” added McNamara. “He has been a standout player in the Brisbane Broncos side.

“Jack is concentrating on the NRL finals with the Broncos and I wish him well in his match against St George Illawarra at the weekend. Once his domestic commitments have been completed he will join up with the rest of the train-on squad at our base in Loughborough.”

Reed said he was thrilled by the prospect of representing England and is looking forward to joining Steve and the rest of the squad as they gear up preparations for the Gillette Four Nations over the next few weeks.

“It was a tough decision to make but my heritage means a lot to me and it will be a great honour to represent England if selected,” said Reed.

“Everyone, both at home and at the club, have been very supportive throughout the whole process.

“I have been in contact with Steve (McNamara) and he has been great. He hasn’t put any pressure on me and has left the decision to myself.

“I’m looking forward at the end of the season being part of the England set-up and hopefully forcing my way into Steve’s plans.

“It would be great to play on the international stage and be part of something special this year and in the future - especially with the Rugby League World Cup coming up in 2013.