Joe Tomane is expected to re-sign with the Brumbies

Joe Tomane is expected to re-sign with the Brumbies

The ACT Brumbies are confident of re-signing Wallabies flyer Joe Tomane in coming days, despite reported interest from Super Rugby rivals Queensland Reds.

Tomane is off contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from the 2011 Super Rugby champions, who are trying to bolster their depleted outside back stocks following several departures.

Former Wallabies and Reds winger Digby Ioane is now in France, Dom Shipperley will join the Melbourne Rebels next season, and Rod Davies and Aidan Toua are also off to France.

Tomane, who has played nine Tests for Australia, is seen as a ready-made replacement.

But Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher was confident Tomane would stay at the club that has helped rebuild his career after an unsuccessful stint in the NRL.

A contract for Tomane has been lodged with the Australian Rugby Union and is waiting for sign-off from the ARU and Tomane's management.

Tomane has repeatedly said his preference is to stay in the ACT and told Fairfax Media just two weeks ago: "I know that's my best option for my career, to stay here in Canberra".

"We've worked to try and come up with an arrangement that will keep him here," Fisher said.

"He wants to stay here. He's an extremely valuable member of the playing squad, great guy to have around.

"He's become a Wallaby through our environment so there's every reason for us to want to keep him and for him to want to stay, and we're hoping that will come to fruition over the next few days."

Unlike the Reds, the Brumbies have plenty of depth in their outside backs, with Tomane, Henry Speight and Robbie Coleman all playing brilliantly this season.

While that depth can cause players wanting game time some frustration, Fisher said it was necessary to be a successful team.

"You need quality in your starting XV and you need quality on your bench and you need quality to cover injuries," he said.

"The more better players we can have, the stronger we'll be. It's obviously just the capacity to work within the salary cap to be able to do that."

The Brumbies are also hoping powerful forward Fotu Auelua will re-sign soon.

Apart from Tomane and Auelua, Fisher said there were just three spots to be filled for next season.

"We've obviously got to fill Leon Power's position now [he's joining French club Oyonnax], we've still got an inside back and outside back position to fill, and we'll probably look at the [National Rugby Championship] and see what transpires there," he said.

"Our intention is to get either quality Canberra or Australian-based players. That's our intention and I'm sure there's enough good footballers out there."