Foundation player Laurie Weeks has recommitted to the Melboure Rebels for another two years, signing a contract extension on Wednesday.

Weeks was the first player to sign for the new Australian franchise in 2011 and is the only remaining foundation player.

Laurie is the heart and soul of the Melbourne Rebels,” head coach Tony McGahan said.

Laurie has developed into a genuine leader at the club and continues to be a role model for his peers with the dedication, spirit and attitude he brings to the Rebels organisation on and off the field every day.”

Capped twice for the Wallabies, Weeks is set to break the club’s record for most Super Rugby appearances with his 74th game for the Rebels – surpassing the record set last year by fellow foundation player Luke Jones.

“The decision to re-sign with the Rebels was an easy one, I love Melbourne and I love the team,” Weeks said.

“I’m incredibly proud to see how far this team has come from humble beginnings to genuine contenders every time we take the field and I look forward to being a part of an exciting future for the Melbourne Rebels.”

The Rebels will face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday where they’ll aim to get their first win of season.