New deal ... Will Genia of the Reds. Photo: Getty Images
The Australian Rugby Union has finally sealed a new three-year deal with Will Genia seven months after the Wallabies linchpin re-signed with the Queensland Reds.
Regarded as the best halfback in the world, Genia on Friday confirmed he would remain in Australia through to the 2015 World Cup in England.
It is the final act in a drawn-out process where the 24-year-old initially indicated in April he would defect to the Western Force before a sudden change of mind had him re-sign with the Reds in Super Rugby for three more years.
Under the ARU's new contracting system, players negotiate with the national body secondly and those negotiations were highly strained more than a month ago when Genia was reportedly eying a big deal in Japan due to a lower-than-expected offer.
"It's a massive relief, I committed to the Reds mid-season and to have it finally sorted now I'm very happy and very relieved," he said.
"No doubt it's quite frustrating that it has taken a while but at the end of the day you have to trust the process and the governing body will do what's right by you and sort it out, and thankfully they did."
Genia's retention comes as halves partner Quade Cooper considers his future following an unsavoury incentive-based offer from the ARU.
Cooper also re-signed with the Reds during the Super Rugby season but is now close to walking away from the code in Australia, with a press conference called for Monday.
The pair have formed a brilliant halves pairing and Genia remained hopeful Cooper would continue their combination for the Reds and also for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions next year.
The 41-Test halfback guided the Reds to their maiden title, capped by a brilliant individual display in the final triumph over the Crusaders.
He was also man of the match when the Wallabies beat the All Blacks in last year's Tri-Nations decider.