Wallabies star James O’Connor has ruled out a return to Sydney and Parramatta — the town that helped nurture his development.
The Australian Rugby Union player told the Hills News he was happy in Melbourne and a move to a Sydney-based team was unlikely.
‘‘I came down here when I was 13 or 14 and was a junior Parramatta rugby league player,’’ he said.
‘‘Rod Reddy sort of spotted me and I was pretty close to signing with Parramatta.
‘‘The choice was between them and the Western Force.
‘‘I have a year left on my contract and obviously things happen with negotiations but it’s an awesome place and we are building something.
‘‘I’m happy in Melbourne and I call it home.’’
The 22-year-old has recovered from a back injury and has put his hand up for selection in the Wallabies’ next match against the All Blacks in Brisbane.