Valentine heads south

Former Reds scrumhalf Josh Valentine has joined the Sydney-based Waratahs, who have been searching for another halfback since the departure of Chris Whitaker.

“We deliberately set out to recruit players that would give us strength and depth in key positions, such as halfback and hooker, and Josh certainly fits the bill,” Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie told rugbyheaven.com.

“He’s a skillful player who isn’t afraid to back himself which is something we’re always on the lookout for.”

The ‘Tahs also have Brett Sheehan and Australia Under-21 player Josh Holmes at their disposal. Valentine seems the most likely to make the run-on side, but the competition will for the position will be intense.

“Competition brings out the best in everyone,” Valentine said. “With halves like Brett and Josh already at the Waratahs, I’m sure we’ll push each other all the way.”

The move to Sydney seems a particularly wise one on Valentine’s part. Reds incumbent scrumhalf Sam Cordingley had a great season with the Queensland franchise and was also the preferred back-up to George Gregan in the national side. But if Valentine manages to secure a regular starting spot with a quality side like the Waratahs, he may well move up the pecking order.