The Melbourne Rebels have re-signed promising young Super halfback Ben Meehan who considering returning home to Queensland.

The Melbourne Rebels have held off a strong challenge from the Queensland Reds to re-sign promising young halfback Ben Meehan.

The 21-year-old, who is the Rebels’ incumbent starting No.9 following injuries to Nic Stirzaker and Luke Burgess, said he considered returning home to Brisbane.

But he decided his future would be better served under Rebels coach Tony McGahan in Melbourne.

“It was a really tough decision,” Meehan said.

“I had a lot of interest, including from Queensland, which is originally home and where all of my family is.

“That was tough to turn down but I genuinely think this is the best club for me for the next two years and I am really looking forward to it.”

Meehan has made seven appearances in his first season in Melbourne, including starts in their last two matches, impressing with his sharp passing and kicking game.

McGahan was thrilled to secure Meehan for the next two seasons.

“It really augurs well that we are able to continue to retain quality young players that have come into the program this year, and it gives us a really strong base to work from in what is a really competitive market,” McGahan said.

“We’re looking forward to him finishing the year strongly, and then continuing to develop over the next two years.”

Both Stirzaker and Burgess will remain with the club next year.