Kerevi keeps lid on future, says Reds can win title

The Reds have named Samu Kerevi as their third captain in as many years at Ballymore this morning.

Kerevi has long been earmarked as a future captain of the club and while he may only be contracted until the end of 2019, Queensland fans will be hoping he is their leader for many years to come.

The star centre will replace Scott Higginbotham as skipper.

It’s understood the veteran back rower will still form part of an extended leadership group.

The captaincy armband is not completely foreign to Kerevi, who has already led the team on seven separate occasions while one of James Slipper or Higginbotham have been absent.

Coach Brad Thorn’s youth first policy has left Kerevi standing as one of the most experienced heads in the side despite only making his Super Rugby debut in 2014.

He has been a force in the Queensland back line since that breakout season and is now an integral part of the Wallabies’ best 23.

Reds fans and QRU executives alike will be hoping the captaincy can keep Kerevi around beyond this season, with speculation the 25-year-old may consider offers outside of Australia come 2020.