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Billy Proctor signs on for five years with Hurricanes

Young Wellington Lions’ midfielder Billy Proctor has signed a five-year deal with the Hurricanes.

The contract is the longest offered in the club’s history since the Super Rugby era began in 1996.

“I’m obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on developing my game,” Proctor said.

“I’ve always supported the Hurricanes and to get the opportunity to play Super Rugby in my home town is obviously really special.”

The 19-year-old will join his older brother, Wellington Lion’s skipper and Hurricane’s midfielder Matt Proctor on the field next Super Rugby season.

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree said the coaching staff had been impressed with the attitude Proctor had bought when he was involved in the development team and when he was involved in the squad as injury cover.

“We believe Billy has a big future in the game if he continues to make the sort of progress he is making at the moment and he’s made it clear that future involves the Hurricanes,” Plumtree said.

“It also shows there is a great pathway for young local players who put the effort in to be rewarded.”

Proctor has also signed with the Wellington Lions through until the end of 201, a contract that could also be extended next year.